Binge eating disorder is common in the United States. What are some major effects of this disorder?

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Binge eating disorder is a condition in which the affected individual feels compelled to eat, even when they are not hungry, and is unable to stop eating when they have had enough. Such individuals eat a large amount of food within a short period of time.

The major effects of binge eating are physical, emotional and social. The physical effects of binge eating include weight gain, obesity and medical problems associated with obesity. These include diabetes, heart diseases and a higher risk of having cancer. Other physical effects include headaches, muscle aches, joint pains and menstrual problems.

The emotional problems associated with binge eating can be incredibly debilitating. People who suffer from this disorder may experience varying degrees of stress with difficulty sleeping. They may become depressed and unable to cope with daily routines such as attendance at school or at work. In severe cases, they may develop psychological problems such as having suicidal thoughts.

Most people with this disorder are often embarrassed by it. They try to hide their problems from close friends and family. They may become socially isolated and unable to help themselves. People with this problem should seek help from trained health providers such as psychiatrists and psychologists. This will help them to modify their thoughts and beliefs, leading to healthy eating habits and an improved physical and mental state.

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