Binge Eating Disorder: A Common Phenomenon in Patients with Obesity

If you notice that you continue to eat even though you feel full or sated, repeat main meals or consume large amounts of food such as a pizza or whole chicken, eat leftovers from your family or the treats of your children or grandchildren, it is possible Is suffering from an uncommon but very common disease among obese people called Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

Binge Eating Disorder affects men and women of all ages and around the world, it is estimated that about 40% of obese people can suffer it.

Known as BED (Binge Eating Disorder), this disorder is characterized by the ingestion of large amounts of food (or binges) in very short 

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periods of time and very quickly (sometimes without chewing). In general it is given with foods high in calories such as fats and flours (pizzas, chicken, cakes, chocolates, desserts, ice cream, meats, etc.).

People notice that they lose control over food and even if they do not want to, they feel that they have a hard time stopping eating, showing great discomfort or stomach pain, “itching,” belching or even nausea and vomiting.

They often eat alone or hide so they will not be criticized or scolded by their relatives or close friends. When they finish eating they present negative emotions like anger, sadness, guilt or anguish; Creating a vicious circle in which in the presence of these feelings the person again eats in response to frustration. Often they can be accompanied by family and couple problems, rejection and work and social difficulties.

Most of these people have a history of having undergone numerous diets and procedures to lose weight without any success.

If you identify with some of the described behaviors we recommend that you seek help in multidisciplinary groups in obesity where you will find professionals in psychiatry, psychology and nutrition. They will inform you of the existence of very effective treatments for this type of disorders, among them cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and some medications as well as nutritional plans specially focused for these patients.


Dr. Juan David Velásquez Tirado
Specialist in Link Psychiatry
Obesity Group
Clinica Medellin


* The testimony offered is a personal experience of the writer. Results may vary from patient to patient