Binge Eating: A Cry for Help

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Eating is a basic necessity for survival. And binge eating is usually a part of pleasure meets: Let’s meet for dinner, go for a picnic or party. Don’t we all indulge every now and then? Yes we do. Eating adds to the feel good mood. Occasional indulgence is within normal limits, but regular compulsive eating binges are not. 

Children and teenagers who binge on food use it to fill some lacunae in their social and emotional well being.

It is an outward expression of low self-esteem, bruised self-concept, ongoing stress and setting in childhood depression.  

Unrestrained desire to eat is usually seen during middle childhood and teenage development, when children's social demands conflict with the expectations of parents, teachers and significant others.

Children during early childhood years are fussy eaters. Therefore, in its initial stages compulsive eating sprees in children are misinterpreted as their developing likes for particular food preparation rather than a cause for concern. 

The issue excites anxiety among affected children and their parents only when overweight distorts their body imageThe compulsive eating and its underlying psycho social causes yet go unnoticed.

What is binge eating disorder,  BED?

Binge Eating. Common Single Cause of Obesity During Tween & Teens

BED is form of compulsive eating practice to induce feel good mood. 

Affected children feel some lacunae in interpersonal relationships; peer pressure, poor rapport with parents, feeling of insecurity, or stress at school.

Children suffering from BED are well aware of their indulgence in food.

Thoughts of food rule their mind. They strive to resist the temptation to eat, but finally succumb to it under the influence of emotional stress.

The “feel good” mood is very short lasting. They dislike their compulsive eating binges, and lapse back into depression, which often leads to bringing up the food; an act of intentional self induced vomiting – Bulimia. 

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Features of binge eating disorder

Children often bring up soon after a hearty meal, especially if they are excited. We all indulge into food every now and then, and also overeat many a times. Is that all a form of eating disorder brought up by emotional upheaval?

Read on; when pleasure binge eating turns into compulsive eating disorder.

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