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Is Binge-Eating the Next Big Epidemic in our Country?
We often blame technology for limiting our movement and fast food for increasing our access to higher calorie food. But there is another area to blame; binge-eating.
Binge eating is a repetitive behavior whereby individuals consume mass quantities of food in short amount of time. Many feel this is an emotional behavior meant to numb or nurture feelings and Seti believes it is a contributor to our country's obesity problem, especially consider many binge-eaters suffer in silence.
"I refer to [binge-eating] as a hidden epidemic because most binge-eaters keep their symptoms a secret and only engage in binge-eating behaviors when they are alone." Seti says. Part of the reason their behavior is kept secret is because it is often associated with shame and guilt, which can lead to social withdrawal.
It is not just a matter of opinion that binge-eating has become a significant problem in our country. The prevalence rates reach as high as 5% of our population, with Binge-Eating being the most common eating disorder (above Bulimia and Anorexia). Additionally, in 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders added Binge-Eating Disorder to its list o mental health diagnoses, demonstrating its significance and nationwide impact.
Binge Eating Disorder is a treatable condition and sufferers can get help. Reach out to a local therapist or support group specializing in eating disorders. Talk to your friends or family about your struggles so you don't feel so alone and isolated.
It is clear that binge eating has become a significant problem in our country and awareness is the first step to making change.