Currently, there are many mukbang videos circulating on social media. Mukbang, a language from South Korea, which means broadcast meal. In short, a mukbang video means showing yourself while eating and having a lot of viewers, you know! However, behind the viral videos, the fact is that someone who engages in mukbang activities tends to have a serious eating disorder.

An eating disorder condition called binge eating disorder, which is characterized by the habit of eating large amounts of food and feeling unable to stop eating. If left untreated, overeating can cause various health problems.

Health Problems That Can Arise Due to Binge Eating Disorder

Health problems that arise can include physical or psychological. People with BED tend to have a poor quality of life, which affects their social life at work and personal life. As a result, people with BED are vulnerable to isolating themselves from social life. Mental disorders that arise from BED include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, to the use of illegal drugs.

While physical-related problems, people with BED are at risk for obesity. A person who is obese causes joint problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and health problems related to breathing. 

Causes Someone Has Binge Eating Disorder

The appearance of BED in a person can be triggered by many factors. The following trigger factors that cause a person to experience binge eating disorder , namely:

  • It is suspected that BED runs in families. A person with a family history of BED tends to have a high sensitivity to dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for feelings of pleasure and addiction in a person.
  • In fact, BED is more common in women than men. This is due to the underlying biological factors.
  • There are indications that people with BED have changes in brain structure. That result in a heightened response to food and difficulty controlling themselves when eating food.
  • Nearly 50% of people with BED are obese.
  • People with BED tend to have a negative body image. Body dissatisfaction, diet and overeating contribute to the development of this eating disorder.
  • Stressful life events, such as abuse, death, separation from a family member or a car accident, have been identified as contributing factors to BED. Bullying experienced during childhood because of weight can also contribute. 
  • Nearly 80% of BED cases have at least one other psychological disorder, such as phobias, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder , anxiety or substance abuse.

How to prevent BED

So far there is no effective way to prevent this type of acute eating disorder. For someone who experiences symptoms of eating abnormally large portions, seek professional help immediately. If your family or close relatives have an overeating problem, you can help them by directing them to healthier behavior and professional treatment before the condition gets worse. 

Another preventative step is to start growing a sense of strengthening a healthy body image, regardless of your body shape or size. Also instill this feeling in children to build their confidence. Teach your little one to always be open to the situation he faces to avoid bullying that his little one is at risk of experiencing.