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Binge-eating disorder

Binge-Eating disorder is a mental health disorder characterised by the presence of periods of compulsive eating, but without compensatory measures. Compulsive eating is often accompanied by a feeling of a loss of control. After these episodes, the person suffering from binge-eating disorder experiences guilt, shame, feelings of regret, and disgust. It can lead to complications at the social, physical and psychological level. For example, the person might develop anxiety, depression, obesity, abdominal distension, diabetes, social isolation as well as a preoccupation with body image. This mental health disorder is still largely unknown by many. The amount of suffering caused by binge-eating disorder, however, is very real.

Who can suffer from binge-eating disorder?

Binge-eating disorder does not affect a particular group of people. It can affect people regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Compared to other eating disorders, this disorder is experienced by a high proportion of men. Out of all people suffering from it, 2 men are affected for every 3 women.

Book list recommendation

It is not always easy to understand the complexity of the eating disorders. The recovery process needs time and may be challenging for people living with the illness. It may also bring many emotions for the loved ones. Being informed allow a better understanding of this illness and its issues.

ANEB suggest a book list which is addressed for those suffering from an eating disorder, for their loved ones, as well as for the counsellors who may want to understand the problem. Reading some testimonials from people who have recovered from an eating disorder is also suggested.

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