The fear of overeating during the holidays is practically on everyone’s mind, but for people with a certain type of eating disorder – binge eating – this time of year could be catastrophic.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was recently added as an official diagnosis in the 2013 addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association.
This addiction has no boundaries of gender, race, ethnicity, age or income. The ranks of binge eaters include everyone from corporate titans to pre-teens.
In fact, binge eating, compulsive overeating and emotional eating afflict half the population of people with eating disorders. It’s a silent yet devastating disorder that can result in major health problems – even death, if left untreated.
Through their expertise in behavioral issues and nutrition, eating disorder experts Jennie Kramer, MSW, LCSW and Marjorie Nolan Bohn MS, RD have provided essential information on BED and other related eating disorders including how to:
· Identify binge eating symptoms in oneself as well as loved ones
· Get to the root of the problem, which, often times, isn’t about food
· Match the best treatment option to the individual
· Overcome the urge to binge and instead incorporate healthy habits into everyday routines
· Make a permanent shift to healthy eating and living
Overcoming an eating order will not only improves one’s health, but will also qualify them for a lower life insurance policy.