Types of Eating Disorders: Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating

Next among the types of eating disorders, let us consider about the conditions that can lead to an eating disorders on their own: Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating. Though these two conditions are treated as eating disorders, they stimulate some other eating disorders such as bulimia.

Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating – Overview

Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating disorders, types of eating disorders, share a set of characteristics and many times, the gap between the two disorders is hardly visible. Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating disorders, types of eating disorders, are characterized by repeated episodes of eating abnormally huge quantities of food, until they have a sensation of fullness within shorter period of time.

The differences among these two are the sufferer feelings after the eating course is ended.

If there are feelings of guilt, disgust regarding the inability to make excuses from the addiction for food, then the person is suffering from binge eating disorder. However, compulsive overeating sufferers will not feel guilty about their eating behaviors.

Types of Eating Disorders

Moreover, the patient with binge eating disorder will always feel a “need” for food, while compulsive overeaters will have the nutritional process that is caused by a “desire”.

Oftentimes, the compulsive overeaters will waste their time imagining about food and about eating it unaccompanied where as the binge eaters will also try to eat alone as they are ashamed of their addiction for food and their eating behaviors or patterns.

Causes of Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating

As with most types of eating disorders, both binge eating and compulsive overeating causes are also mainly due to emotional behaviors, even though there is a natural tendency to build up them. Sometimes, an emotional tremor such as a sudden breakup can cause the overeating disorder.

An individual suffering from these types of eating disorders will have a tendency of eating food in order to relieve from his problems, or willingly make an attempt to gain extra weight in order to become less attractive in the future, thus not revealing himself towards emotional misuse.

Studies show that a family history with types of eating disorders may also have a negative effect on how easy compulsive or binge eating settles in.

Effects of Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating

It is evident that a person suffering from compulsive and binge overeating will primarily hit himself to a constant gaining in weight. Further, there will be negative effects on the cardiovascular, digestive, and muscular systems and also leads to hormonal imbalances.

There are some problems, such as heart problems, ulcers and other similar problems, which can quickly develop from compulsive and binge eating, however the major problem of these types of eating disorders is that these can rapidly turn into bulimia.

Especially binge eaters with their feelings of guilty regarding their addiction for food and their appearance will lead to bulimia, where intentional purging through vomiting, enemas, laxatives, or diuretics takes place.

Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Treatment

As both of these, the types of eating disorders are due to emotional and psychological behaviors; psychiatric treatment is necessary during the treatment process. There will be a strict, balanced diet that the sufferer will have to follow in order to have a successful treatment.

Anti-depressant medication can also be used when the sufferer doesn’t accept and cooperative with the psychiatric treatment due to the feelings of depression, at some point.