Compulsive Eating Habits: Some Statisitcs
Most of us overeat from time to time, and some regularly feel we have eaten more than we should have. Eating a lot of food does not necessarily mean that you have binge eating disorder. Experts generally agree that most people with serious binge eating problems often eat an unusually large amount of food and feel their eating is out of control.
Binge eating disorders are one of the most common forms of eating disorder. Most people with this problem are either overweight or obese, but normal-weight people also can have the disorder. About 2 percent of all adults in the United States (as many as 4 million Americans) have binge eating disorder. About 10 to 15 percent of people who are mildly obese, and who try to lose weight on their own, or through commercial weight-loss programs, have some form of binge eating disorder.
The disorder is even more common in people who are severely obese. Binge eating disorder is a little more common in women than in men; three women for every two men have it. The disorder does not distingish between races. People who are obese and have binge eating disorder often became overweight at a younger age than those without the disorder. They might also lose and gain back weight more often.
It can be difficult to overcome binge eating and food addiction. Unlike other addictions, your “drug” is necessary for survival, so you don’t have the option of avoiding it. Instead, you must develop a healthier relationship with food—a relationship that’s based on meeting your nutritional needs, not your emotional ones.
In order to stop the unhealthy pattern of binge eating, it’s important to start eating for health and nutrition. Healthy eating involves making balanced meal plans, choosing healthy foods when eating out, and making sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Without proper compulsive overeating treatment, the disorder can lead to several medical complications including high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Additional long-term side effects include kidney disease, arthritis, bone deterioration, and stroke.