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Binge Eating Equally Common in Men as in Women

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Binge Eating Equally Common in Men as in Women

By Lisa Collier Cool Aug 14, 2012 572 Recommend


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Ron Saxen—the 49-year-old author of “The Good Eater. guilt.000 adults ages 18 to 65.000 to 15. a new study reports. and a sense of being out of control. and other impairments. the disorder is often overlooked in men. Overall. About 11 percent of women and nearly 8 percent of men struggle with binge eating. While up to 90 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia are women. 39. often within a 90-minute time frame. For years. published in The International Journal of Eating Disorders. Andrew Walen. chocolate milkshakes. problems at work. and M&Ms. binge eating is one of the few eating disorders that strikes men at nearly as much as it does women. often in secret. had frequent bouts of gorging on 4.• Depression • Eating Disorders Health Topics » Often thought of as a “woman‟s problem” binge eating is almost as prevalent in men as women—and puts both sexes at equal risk for obesity. Despite this. about 8 million Americans struggle with binge eating.000 calories of Big Macs.500 . it can take an extreme feeding frenzy before they‟re willing to admit that they have a problem. ice cream. embarrassment.” a memoir about his battle with bingeing—frequently ate 10. For example. New Eating Disorders: Are They For Real? What is binge eating? Binge eating disorder is defined as episodes of eating large amounts (15.000 calories) of foods within two hours. An estimated 8 million Americans struggle with binge eating. putting their health in danger. French Fries. characterized by frequent episodes of gorging on large amounts of food. depression. occurring two or more times a week. according to the New York Times. accompanied by feelings of disgust. accompanied by a sense of being powerless to resist gorging. according to a study of more than 46. Because men don‟t think of themselves as being at risk for binge eating.

and almost all literature on the disease focuses on its effects on women. and often ordered takeout food for four when he was eating alone. because eating large . “Ultimately. embarrassment.” Doctors rarely screen male patients for this disorder. 70 percent of them are overweight or obese. Often men can‟t find treatment facilities targeted at men. now 39 and a therapist in Columbia. it was about numbing out and self -loathing. the diagnostic guide for mental health professionals. „You‟re no good. Maryland told the New York Times. increasing the risk for such dangerous conditions as the following: • type 2 diabetes • heart disease • high blood pressure • stroke • metabolic syndrome • gallbladder disease • many forms of cancer Binge eating also takes a devastating psychological toll.‟ and I turned to food. Or. “There was this voice in my head that said. often because they‟re ashamed of having “a woman‟s disease. Yet this devastating disorder doesn‟t even have its own listing in the DSM.calorie‟s worth of food at a single sitting. they may be in denial. Because binge eaters don‟t purge. even though it can lead to dangerous or life-threatening health problems. But he remained in denial that his eating was out of control until the day when he downed 70 chicken wings in an hour. and depression. frequently causing intense shame.” Walen. because men are far less likely to seek help.” Eating Disorders on the Rise in Older Women The Risks of Binge Eating Researchers report that binge eating causes just as much harm to men as women—or may even be more dangerous for men. disgust. anxiety. worthless. like Saxen.

the biggest challenge of all can simply be getting them to step forward and admit they have a problem. disgusted. since bingeing often occurs in several members of the same family. plus healthy snacks. so one treatment goal is to learn to consume three square meals per day.amounts of food is more culturally acceptable in men than in women. Along with frequent feeding frenzies. there are many warning signs of the disorder. . Scientists suspect that genes may be involved. in which people identify the triggers and patterns that lead them to shovel down too much food. even if you‟re already full • frequently eating alone • frequent yo-yo dieting • feeling ashamed. but it‟s strongly linked to depression. The Famous Faces of Eating Disorders What are the symptoms of binge-eating disorder? While most binge eaters are overweight. binge eaters often tend to restrict their eating during the day. 25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories A Day Can binge-eating disorder be cured? Although binge eating is challenging to treat (due to a relapse rate of up to 50 percent among people with the disorder) psychotherapy can often be helpful. typical symptoms include: • eating very rapidly during binges. only to lose control at night. For example. Among the more effective forms of treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy. or guilty about how much food you‟re consuming Researchers aren‟t sure what causes binge eating. others are not. then work on finding healthier ways to address these issues. Researchers are also studying the possible role of brain chemicals. However. However. About half of people with the disorder are either currently depressed or have a history of mood disorders. for men.

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