Interesting Facts about Binge Eating

December 24, 2012 | Health & Wellness

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“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art”.  – La Rochefoucauld

This holiday season people are indulged in eating delicious foods and at the same time ignoring the number of calories with their intake.

Others are focusing on their strict diet and just eat in moderation. While some are struggling with binge eating.

Interesting facts about binge eating

Binge eating  is defined as uncontrollable eating habits and can occur in late adolescence and early adulthood.  It is also called compulsive eating because a person eats a large amount of food which can only last for almost two hours.

In one sitting, a binge eater can eat 5,000-15,000 calories when the average amount that a person can consume a day is just 2,000 calories. Binge eating is also common among the obese people.

Studies revealed that the reason why some people are indulged in binge eating is because of stress. When people feel depressed, afraid, lonely, disappointed or have a bad day, the mind tells them that eating is the best way to feel relaxed.  Some even think that food is their only friend.

Here are some symptoms of binge eating:

  • A person cannot control eating and feel guilt afterwards.
  • A person still eats even if he is full or not physically hungry.
  • Hiding food just  to keep eating when no one is around.
  • A person will eat to reduce stress.
  • A person is not satisfied on what he eats.

Binge eating can lead to serious illness like:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Muscle pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Weight gain

Some tips to avoid binge eating:

  • Do not skip meal. Eat your breakfast, lunch, dinner and have a light snack like fruits.
  • Do not deprive yourself to eat what you want. It can cause starvation and lead you to eat more.
  • Have a good sleep at night.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Try to overcome stress.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep you well hydrated.

It is also recommended to seek for medical advice if your eating disorder becomes out of control.

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