Although the negative consequences of purging (like tooth decay and esophagi earning) are not associated with binge eating, the binge eating disorder is associated with a myriad of other negative health consequences. The consequences include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes. Additionally, a significant proportion of obese people have this disorder. In this age, an increasing number of Americans are dying of chronic illnesses due to unhealthy behaviors, one of which is adopting poor diets.
It is of extreme importance, therefore to study further what exactly triggers binge eating disorder and what methods of treatment can be used to help people suffering room it. Because the onset of binge eating disorder is generally during young adulthood, the causes of it should also be studied. Are young adults so stressed out that they turn to food for comfort? Is there a genetic component that puts some people at risk for developing the disorder?
The potential causes are endless, but if anything more can be learned about binge eating disorder, we could potentially prevent young adults from carrying this negative pattern of eating with them for the rest of their lives. This should, logically, lower their risk f chronic (and somewhat preventable) health conditions, like heart disease. Personally, I have observed many negative eating habits among students in college. This has ranged from just general poor diets to anorexia to disorders like binge eating.
I would like to learn more about these disorders so can help and reach out to my peers and friends that I know are suffering. Additionally, I hope to get a better background on this eating disorder so am more educated and can help my patients when I am a physician assistant one day. Because binge eating disorder has received so little publicity, there are a umber of unresolved issues surrounding it. Many people already are suffering from the disorder, so therapies and treatments for it should be further looked at.
Since cognitive behavioral therapy has shown to be effective for people suffering from other eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy on binge eating disorder should be further looked into. Because binge eating disorder is different than other eating disorders and has aspects unique to it, it is unclear whether the same treatment will be effective on tenants suffering from it versus patients suffering from anorexia and bulimia.
This issue is important because it can possibility give us insight into whether different eating disorders can be treated in similar ways. Another unresolved issue that should be looked at is what exactly triggers this type of eating disorder. There are many speculations around whether it is caused by stress, genes, social pressure or a mixture of many factors. Personally, I think that binge eating disorder is a prime example of something studied in the realm of behavioral health, as it appears to contain biological, psychological, and social aspects.
It is important that the causes of this eating disorder are looked at because risk factors can be developed and doctors, counselors, friends, and families could use this information to help prevent patients and loved ones from becoming binge eaters. Whereas the first issue looked into treating people who already have the disorder, this issue of looking to prevent binge eating, may be of even more importance because understanding and implementing prevention tactics can help save men and women from the stress of ever having the eating