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Why Do I Binge?

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First off, signs of binge eating are fairly easy to recognize. Many women who binge starve themselves until they can’t handle it anymore, then overeat.

Binging can result in eating until uncomfortably full, eating when not hungry, eating alone because they are embarrassed about how they eat, and feeling disgusted and guilty for overeating. It could also lead to Bulimia.

Depression is a major factor in overeating. Comfort eating is how a lot of people deal with sadness and anger and if they feel guilty for it they might put it off as much as they can until they binge.

Dieting is another cause. If your version of dieting is skipping meals or eating very small portions you may not be getting enough nutrition. Especially, if your body is not used to the diet, it can cause your body to think that it is starving. If it thinks it’s starving, then all of the food that you consume on your binge will most likely be stored, because your metabolism will be off.

Another cause is genetics. Binge eating can be common within a family. It may be that they deal with the same environmental factors, such as stress, or it could be that they all react to their emotions the same way; by eating.
Whatever the cause is, the effects are usually the same.

Some people become antisocial because of embarrassment. They may become more flaky and miss out on work , school, or important commitments, especially if they binge because of depression.

Weight gain, trouble sleeping, type II diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol can occur, as well.

Many forms of therapy are available to those with a binge eating disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people learn to deal with stressers. Interpersonal psychotherapy helps sufferers learn how to improve their relationships and improve certain areas of their lives.

And if needed, some prescriptions are helpful in treatment. Drugs are controversial types of therapy, but some chemical imbalances increase the disorder.

But, one of the best ways to help any problem is to increase exercise. Exercise is a natural cure for anxiety and depression, because they help relieve tension in the body and overall improve a person’s mood. When in doubt, exercise!

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