Risk Factors of Binge Eating Disorder

Risk Factors of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is a serious eating disorder wherein you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating. Almost everyone overeats on occasions such as a holiday meal. But you feel such a compulsion that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge eating. 

Risk Factors of Binge Eating Disorder 

Risk factors for eating disorders involve a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural issues. These factors may interact differently in different people, so two people with the same eating disorder can have very diverse perspectives, experiences, and symptoms.

1. Biological

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checking blood for diabetes

Having a close relative with a mental health condition – issues like depression, anxiety, and addiction can also run in families and have also been found to increase the chances that a person will develop an eating disorder

  • Having a close relative with an eating disorder – having a first-degree relative with an eating disorder increases a person’s risk of developing an eating disorder. 
  • History of dieting – a history of dieting and other weight-control methods is linked with the development of binge eating. 
  • Type 1 diabetes – research has found that about one-quarter of women diagnosed with this type of diabetes will develop an eating disorder. The most common pattern is skipping insulin injections which can be deadly.

2. Psychological

  • Dissatisfaction about body image – body image encompasses how you feel both about and in your body. People who develop eating disorders are more likely to report higher levels of body image discontent and internalization of the appearance ideal. 

3. Social

  • Weight stigma – researchers have shown that exposure to this can increase body dissatisfaction which can cause eating disorders. Weight stigma is stereotyping based on a person’s weight.
  • Teasing or bullying – being teased especially about weight is emerging as a risk factor in many eating disorders. Weight shaming needs to be a significant part of anti-bullying discussions, particularly in the context of the widespread anti-obesity messaging.

Taking Steps to Prevent Binge Eating Disorder

Explore lifestyle strategies that can help you overcome binge eating disorder in addition to counseling and support. 

  • Don’t skip meals – skipping meals can promote binge eating and leave your body desperate for nutrition and the likelihood of overeating. 
  • Stay hydrated – being hydrated has lots of benefits and helps curb cravings and reduce overeating. 
  • Increase your fiber intake – eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed foods. These foods help you feel satisfied compared to eating other foods. 
  • Exercise and relax – stress is a common trigger for binge eating. Exercise can help reduce stress levels. 
  • Practice intuitive eating – this means that you eat when you feel hungry and stop once you’re full. 
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Taking HCG to Manage Binge Eating Disorder

HCG protocol is a 500 to 800-calorie diet that helps you be responsible for what you eat. Throughout the diet, you take a small amount of HCG twice a day. This HCG mobilizes body fat that circulates through your body providing energy and preventing hunger.

HCG is a highly effective way to reset the body’s metabolism and teach it to crave more nutritious foods, at a more moderate rate. Attaining a healthier weight for your age range can add years to your life by protecting your body against the effects of heart, lung, and blood diseases. 

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Risk Factors of Binge Eating Disorder