When you open social media, at least you must have seen a video of someone doing “mukbang ” or eating large portions at once. Please note that eating large portions like that can signal a binge eating disorder.
This overeating behavior is often associated with mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. A person who has this disorder often eats excessively as a way to deal with the emotional problems they are experiencing. Although these “mukbang” videos make you “drool” and satisfying, in fact there are many dangerous diseases that lurk due to overeating.
The Harmful Impact of Binge Eating Disorder
If it occurs over a long period of time, binge eating disorder can invite the following dangerous diseases:
1. Weight Gain and Obesity
One of the main effects that people with binge eating disorder can experience is weight gain and obesity. Many people who overeat also feel uncomfortable with their weight. This can then reduce a person’s self-confidence and cause depression or anxiety.
Being overweight or obese can also increase your chances of developing long-term health problems such as sleep apnea, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis.
2. Heart Disease
Being overweight makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the lungs and body. Having a lot of fat, especially around the belly, increases the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. All of these things increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sometimes heart disease has no symptoms, so it can be difficult to detect it. However, some common symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, dizziness or fainting, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, and excessive sweating. Changing your diet to be healthier and exercising regularly are the main keys to preventing heart disease.
3. Type 2 Diabetes
People who overeat are also at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be a lifelong disease that requires ongoing treatment. Type 2 diabetes is initially characterized by vision problems, frequent hunger, thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. If you have this, you need to check your blood sugar regularly, adopt a healthy diet, take medication regularly, and exercise regularly.
4. Depression and Mood Problems
Depression and anxiety are often experienced by someone who has binge eating disorder. Many people who overeat do so to improve their mood . This can lead to feelings of guilt that actually make them overeat more often.
Eating too much even though you’re not hungry may be a sign that someone is trying to vent their emotions. This condition is often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, sadness and tiredness as if they have no energy.