Binge Eating Gains Recognition, Offers Hope to those Addicted to Food

Addicted to FoodHere at Rader Programs, we’ve long-recognized binge eating disorder as a legitimate mental health disorder. Since we have treated many individuals who are struggling with this mental disorder, we’ve seen first –hand how serious a condition it can be. However, until now, binge eating disorder was not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. For nearly 20 years, this serious condition was only given provisional status and relegated to the book’s appendix. Luckily this is set to change with the fifth edition of the book, known as DSM-5, scheduled for release in 2013.

Compulsive overeating disorder, like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, is a serious health condition that often requires extensive treatment.  Hopefully, its inclusion in DSM-5 will help cast light on this disorder. The most recent draft of the manual defines binge eating disorder as “consuming an amount of food within a defined period of time that is much larger than most people would eat in a similar time frame under similar circumstances. Bingeing episodes are characterized by a lack of self-control and feelings of emotional distress, as well as often causing physical discomfort, social isolation and embarrassment.”

There have been several studies that indicate the adverse effects of compulsive overeating. For example, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that individuals who had engaged in bingeing were twice as likely to have suffered from obesity as well as twice as likely to have suffered from depression.

It’s important for physicians, mental health professionals as well as the general public to understand that binge eating disorder is a mental health disorder. As with other mental health disorders, the right treatment can offer transformative changes to your life. We’ve seen excellent results at Rader Programs and we’re continuing to help individuals who are addicted to food find their way to recovery.

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