binge eating disorder and mental healthWhat brings on a binge eating disorder? Research shows that it often begins after a big diet and can be triggered by the disappointment in having not achieved certain goals to lose weight.

Binge eating disorder is best characterised as compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop and can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and can even lead to heart disease, gallbladder disease and cancer.

A binge eating disorder, commonly begin in late adolescence or early adulthood, often after a person has been on a major diet but things like depression, difficulty coping with emotions and occasionally due to biology such as brain chemicals and metabolism.

A binge eating episode typically lasts around two hours, but some people binge on and off all day long. Binge eaters often eat even when they’re not hungry and continue eating long after they’re full. They may also gorge themselves as fast as they can while barely registering what they’re eating or tasting.

A key feature of binge eating disorder is feeling extremely distressed or upset during or after bingeing.

People with binge eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt or disgust with themselves and they are likely to be depressed. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t.

Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. Most emotional eaters feel powerless over their food cravings. When the urge to eat hits, it’s all they can think about.

Mindful eating is a practice that develops your awareness of eating habits and allows you to pause between your triggers and your actions. You can then change the emotional habits that have sabotaged your diet in the past.

Most emotional eaters feel powerless over their food cravings. When the urge to eat hits, it’s all you can think about. You feel an almost unbearable tension that demands to be fed, right now! Because you’ve tried to resist in the past and failed, you believe that your willpower just isn’t up to snuff. But the truth is that you have more power over your cravings than you think.

Binge eating disorder will be discussed in depth at the 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference; Inspiring behavioural change which will be held next month at Mantra on View, Gold Coast from the 16 – 17 May 2016. To register for the conference CLICK HERE

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate than any other mental health disorder and the risk of premature death from an eating disorder is 6-12 times higher than the general population.

Hosted by the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association the 2016 Conference will have a key focus on how we can collectively inspire behavioural change for a healthier Australia.

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