What You Should Know About Binge Eating

I’m writing about this today as I find myself “binge eating” sort of like an alcoholic does “binge drinking”.  Although I wouldn’t call it a “disorder” yet, it got me thinking.

Binge eating disorder is a very serious condition that is affecting many people and will continue to do so until we are all more educated on the risks involved from such behavior. This is a psychiatric condition, an actual disorder that must not be taken lightly. There are many unfortunate risks to your health with this eating disorder just as with any other eating disorder. Educating yourself and your children about the many negative affects from any eating disorder is very important. It can also help you to determine whether or not someone you know or even yourself, might be suffering from an eating disorder, so that you can find the type of treatment needed to be effective. Binge eating is something that is more common than many of you might have first thought. The number of people suffering with this disorder is definitely on the rise today.

The majority of individuals that have the binge eating disorder are extremely overweight, but that is not always the case. Some people with this disorder might even be underweight, which can make it quite difficult to diagnose. Most people would not consider anyone that is skinny possibly ever binge eating, but it does happen. Many people think this is pretty much the same as bulimia, but that is definitely still a big question. Many others believe it is of its own type of disorder, separate from any others. The thing you need to remember is that with any eating disorder you are putting yourself in potential danger. It could cause some very detrimental problems in your life, not just with your health, but also with relationships and your own personal battle with the disorder. Most people suffering from the binge eating disorder usually feel terribly guilty about eating, so they try not to ever eat in front of anyone else because of that shame. When they do eat, they eat unbelievable amounts of foods and they do it very quickly.

With the binge eating disorder it is very common for the individual to eat until they are literally in pain from being so overly stuffed. They will eat and eat, and continue eating as fast as they possibly can, because of it being a psychological condition, they can not seem to control that urge to do so. Finding the appropriate treatment is absolutely necessary because you can not continue to destroy your body, mind and health in this manner. It is an illness and should be treated accordingly. If you or someone that you know is suffering from binge eating disorder, start doing some more research today, so that you can finally have peace. Find someone that you can confide in to talk with about the problem, so that you can begin your recovery.

I don’t generally sit and eat all I can as fast as I can, but I do have a tendancy to just eat everything in sight all day long. I think a good portion of that comes from being home much more now than I have been in years. Another reason is boredom. Some people eat for emotional comforting. I seem to eat when I’m bored, which I guess to an extent is the same thing.



3 Responses

  1. I binge if I’m stressed OR bored! Yeehaw.

    But I find if I write things down, I’m much better able to keep the behavior in check. Also, continuing to go to WW meetings is keeping me from going off the deep end now that I’m at goal.

    I’m mega stressed right now because we found out that my husband is going to be laid off sometime soon. The job search is so stressful for us both. Yikes. At first I was eating nothing — lost almost five pounds. Then I was eating junk. Then I started binging. But today I’m on track. And I’m heading to my weekly meeting.

    Thanks for posting on binging. While I do not have a deeply troubling condition, it is important to remember how dangerous binging really is.

  2. So sorry to hear about your husband’s job. It seems to be going around these days, unfortunately.
    You’re right about journaling, and I really try to be good about that. It definitely makes me reconsider what I’m putting in my mouth.

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