Add binge-eating disorder (BED) to the list of conditions that frequently come along with fibromyalgia (FMS).
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found several conditions that are likely to overlap with BED. Along with FMS, they found high levels of it in people with irritable bowel syndrome, major depressive disorder and most anxiety disorders. (No surprise, since those are also common with FMS.)
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
BED is defined as recurrent episodes of binge eating, with both of the following:
- The amount of food is larger than most people would eat in the same situation or amount of time
- AND there's a sense that you cannot stop eating or control what/how much you eat.
True binge eating is associated with fast eating; eating when you're not hungry or to the point of discomfort; embarrassment, guilt, disgust or stress about how much you're eating.
Stress is one of our biggest enemies, and how we eat can impact FMS symptoms as well. For those reasons and for your overall health, talk to your doctor if you think you may have BED. For more information, About.com Guide to Eating Disorders Matthew Tiemeyer has a lot of information on BED.
It's hard to admit this, but I've struggled with what I'm pretty sure is BED most of my life, and while I knew it was a problem I never considered it an "eating disorder." It's mostly under control at the moment, but now I know realize I should get treatment the next time those tendencies take over.
Have you struggled with an eating disorder? How do you feel it's impacted your FMS? Has treatment been successful? Post your comments here on in About.com's Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome forum, in the Newsletter & Blog Topics folder.