Binge eating disorder (BED) is one of the most widespread of all eating disorders and affects 1% to 5% of Americans. For years it was classified as a medical condition, but in 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), included BED in their material as a genuine eating disorder.
The "textbook" definition of binge eating disorder is:
Psychological variables such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety can trigger BED. Genetic predisposition, a close relative with an eating disorder or drug addiction or the metabolic disturbances caused from chronic dieting can also be contributing factors.
When people have BED, they frequently act impulsively. They feel ineffective and alienated and may be haunted by perfectionism. Individuals with BED are at higher risk of developing other illnesses, including anxiety disorder, cardiovascular symptoms, chronic fatigue, depression, infectious diseases and insomnia.
Holistic, integrative treatment is particularly effective for binge eating disorder. Through a combination of individual psychotherapy, process groups and alternative interventions, clients can identify the root causes of the disorder and develop new skills for coping with emotional distress.
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