What are the causes of Binge Eating Disorder?

Like other eating disorders, the precise causes of binge eating disorder will be specific to each individual sufferer and will be a multiple range of psychological and social factors.

Studies have suggested that at least half of the people with binge eating disorders have a history of depression. Common triggers for a binge are difficult emotions, such as sadness, anger, loneliness and boredom. There is also some evidence that people with binge eating disorder may have relatively poorer impulse control.

There is also ongoing research to investigate whether there is a genetic/hormonal aspect to binge eating disorder. It is a condition which can run in families and the theory is that some individuals may have low levels of hormones which transmit signals to the brain and regulate appetite.

It is very important that if a person has this eating disorder, any weight management plan addresses the underlying psychological causes of their condition, as well as food intake and exercise.