If you suffer from BED, you are not alone. The good news is that there are treatments for BED that can help. One of these is therapist-led CBT. After 20 sessions, 79% of participants had stopped binge eating. And, of course, after a year, 59% were still binge eaters. But how can you determine if you have BED? Read on to learn more about the types of treatments and how you can determine whether they may help you.
Treatment for BED is different for every individual. While there is no single cause, researchers have uncovered various factors that may cause BED in different people. There are genetic predispositions, environmental factors, and even social and cultural differences. It can happen to males and females of any age, socioeconomic status, or culture, and has been found in approximately equal numbers of males and females. For instance, some types of cancer are associated with BED.
A recent study found that high reward sensitivity was associated with BED. People with this disorder had higher ventral striatal activity and longer eye gazes when viewing food images. They also had stronger brain-dopamine signaling strengths. Schmidt et al. found a strong genetic association between BED and reward sensitivity. Although these studies are still in their early stages, they are promising. And while they’re promising, caution must be used when applying these findings to individuals.
People with BED experience episodes of binge eating that last no more than two hours. They may eat alone, or they may eat when they are not actually hungry. They may feel shame afterward, and may even hide their binge eating habits. In addition, people with BED tend to experience extreme distress about their weight and body shape. They can also have difficulty stopping when they are full. It can be difficult to determine whether a person suffering from BED is suffering from BED or not, but getting the diagnosis is crucial.
Thankfully, researchers have found that BED and substance use are related. Although there are no direct evidence-based connections between the two disorders, there are some common psychological correlates. Among these are impulsivity and sensation seeking. In other words, they are both similar in symptoms and risk factors. The more evidence we have to back up our findings, the more likely we are to find effective treatment for BED. If we can identify these factors early on, we can better manage our condition and move forward with treatment.
The research design for this study focused on two specific research questions. First, it tested the hypothesis that people with BED are more likely to engage in potentially addictive behaviors than those with normal body weight. Second, it tested whether the prevalence of high-risk personality profiles is related to BED. Finally, it tested the hypothesis that there is a strong association between BED and high-risk personality profiles. That relationship was also found to be independent of gender. The results of the study suggest that BED is a disorder of personality, and that the symptoms of the disorder are often caused by other factors.