Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating while feeling out of control, ashamed or disgusted over the behavior.
Compulsive Overeating is a newly recognized condition that probably affects millions of Americans. People with compulsive Overeating frequently eat large amounts of food while feeling a loss of control over their eating. This disorder is different from binge-purge syndrome (bulimia nervosa) because people with binge eating disorder usually do not purge afterward by vomiting or using laxatives. Individuals who compulsively overeat often use food as an addictive substance.
As others may turn to alcohol, drugs, or gambling to alleviate stress, compulsive overeaters turn to food. Food has many associations with comfort and self-nurturing. Unfortunately, anything that feels good can be abused. Compulsive overeaters may feel empty inside, and turn to food to help them feel full. Compulsive overeating is commonly referred to as binge eating.
Facts vs. Myths
Compulsive overeating is not as serious a problem as anorexia or bulimia. (IN fact, most obese people are jolly).
Those who are compulsive overeaters have an equally difficult struggle with their life and suffer from numerous physical problems and emotional strain. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression are only a few of the potential consequences of compulsive overeating.
Only females have eating disorders.
Although the majority of people with an eating disorder are female, the numbers of males are increasing significantly.
Useful Links to other sites about Eating Disorders:
The Center for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc
Eating Disorder Shared Awareness
MentalHealth.net’s Eating Disorder Page
Mirror Mirror Eating Disorder Shared Awareness
Eating Disorders/Disordered Culture