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Is Binge Eating Bad?

You’ve probably heard of binging before, whether that involves drinking or eating too much. But did you know the act of binge eating is actually classified as an eating disorder and can cause life-long health concerns?

What is a Binge Eating Disorder?

People can develop a binge eating disorder as a way to cope with fear, stress, traumatic experiences or anger. Unfortunately, this condition is highly dangerous and can lead to serious complications. Here are 3 major health issues that occur as a result of a binge eating disorder:

Higher Risk for Type II Diabetes

People who suffer from a binge eating disorder are more susceptible to developing type II diabetes, as binge eating has been linked to a higher risk of obesity. Diabetes and obesity go hand-in-hand as the amount of sugar supersedes what the body can process.

Increased Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are interconnected with binge eating disorders. People are often caught in a vicious cycle of binge eating due to depression or anxiety, with further depression or anxiety causing increased binge eating. Engaging in binge eating temporarily improves the person’s mood, therefore providing an addictive sense of relief to the sufferer.

Risk of Stomach Rupture

A life-threatening effect of binge eating is the rupturing of the stomach. If the binge-eater does not purge (the development of onset bulimia is heavily linked to overeating), the stomach lining may not be capable of withstanding the excess pressure of large amounts of food. Surgical intervention may be necessary.

Binge eating is hazardous to your health. Luckily, professionals can assist in successful treatment to provide recourse and coping skills, promoting a healthier, safer lifestyle.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups.  We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.