If you know someone living with binge eating disorder, you may see them experience difficulties with controlling their symptoms, or you may not notice their symptoms at all. There are several things about binge eating disorder that many people do not understand. Here are some things you may not be aware of:
- Binge eating usually occurs at night: People who live with binge eating disorder tend to limit the food they eat during the day. This is an attempt to control their problem by holding themselves back. For this reason, binge eating typically occurs at night.
- Binge eating disorder is most common among men: Many people believe that eating disorders only affect women. However, eating disorders, binge eating disorder including, affect all different types of people, demographics, and age groups. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder for men to experience.
- Binge eating disorder commonly appears in people at age 25: Binge eating disorder can occur in childhood or adulthood. It truly depends on the person. Usually though, the disorder comes in the mid-20s.
- Bingeing releases dopamine: Dopamine is the chemical that makes you feel pleasure. Similar to when you indulge in other, less than positive behaviors, dopamine is released in the brain when you binge eat. This is what causes the behavior to be so addictive. However, this does not mean that people who binge eat feel satisfied after a bingeing episode. In fact they are more likely to feel guilty.
- Bulimia and BED have similarities: No two eating disorders are the same, but bulimia and binge eating disorder do share common qualities. For example, the psychologically unstable outlook toward food and the act of binging are similar traits people with either disorder have. However, the difference is that binge eating disorder patients don’t feel a need to purge.
- “Lazy” is not a characteristic of overweight binge eaters: You should not associate the stereotype of being lazy with overweight binge eating disorder patients. In fact, you could consider it to be the opposite. Compulsive eaters often do their best to be perfectionists and try to control their lives to compensate for the release of binge eating.
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