What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is much more common in adults than you may think, and has recently been identified as a true medical condition. Compared to other well-known disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, binge eating disorder typically appears at a later age. Here is some information on this problem as well as treatment options.

Symptoms

Binge eating disorder is far more severe than merely overeating every once in a while. There are very specific criteria for the issue, and a wide range of symptoms must be present in order for a doctor to make a diagnosis of the problem.

For example, someone with the disorder must eat a great deal more food than the average person would eat during the same period of time, and under the same circumstances. He or she must also be very upset during the binge, feeling that his or her eating is out of control. It must take place at least one time a week over a period of three months.

In addition, a person with binge eating disorder will not take actions to try and undo his or her excessive eating, such as exercising too hard or attempting to vomit. He or she will also eat very fast, eat well after feeling full, and eat a large amount of food without being hungry. Symptoms also include the sufferer trying to eat alone to hide how much food he or she is consuming, and feeling bad about himself or herself after binging.

Treatment

At Addison Internal Medicine, we offer a new medication known as Vyvanse to help people suffering from this disorder. It was approved in February 2015 to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults.

However, it is very important that you have a detailed discussion with your doctor to see if the medicine will be right for you, because not all adults suffering from the problem will be able to take it. Shire US Inc., the maker of Vyvanse, offers a patient screener that can give you an idea of whether or not you would be a candidate to take the medication.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on binge eating disorder or would like to learn more about whether Vyvanse can help you or someone close to you suffering from the problem, get in touch with the experts at Addison Internal Medicine. Contact us online or call 972-301-7060 to schedule an appointment.