Are you going through a phase in which you tend to overeat a lot? Do you feel as if no matter how hard you try to stop eating you just can’t control the urge? Well, then there is a possibility that you might be suffering from what is known as a Binge eating disorder or BED. Binge eating disorder is a sort of eating disorder in which you feel powerless no matter what you do to prevent yourself from overeating. People suffering from this particular disorder tend to struggle with depression and anxiety. They also tend to feel guilty about overeating and then feel disgusted by themselves. People suffering from this eating disorder also emotionally beat themselves up for having no self-control. You know that you’re harming your body but you can’t do anything to stop this sort of compulsive eating.
What really happens!
People tend to suffer from this disorder particularly during their early adulthood or in their late adolescence. Usually, after following a major diet, people suffer from binging. You start eating even when you’re not feeling hungry and you continue eating long after you feel full. You may eat things in such a hurry that you might not even register what you’re eating or how it tastes.
At first, binging food offers a sense of comfort, but then you get a reality check and this leads to you regretting the eating habits you have. And soon you start criticizing yourself and start self-loathing. Binging food causes people to suffer from weight gain and obesity, and this only ends up reinforcing more compulsive eating. You start eating to feel better about yourself, but then take a look at your body and you feel bad, you turn towards food again for comfort, but then you end up feeling even worse. In the end, you find yourself eating food again. This cycle continues because the worse you feel about your body and your looks the more you start eating to feel better! You will not feel satisfied no matter how much you eat.
People suffering from this eating disorder usually feel embarrassed about their eating habits hence they eat in secret. Usually, people with this disorder are of normal weight, therefore, you can not determine by looking at a person’s appearance whether he or she is suffering from this disorder or not. However, you might notice that the cupboards and refrigerators are empty; there is no food present in there. You might even find empty wrappers and if you will snoop around further you might also end up finding a hidden stack of junk food. Since people with binge are unable to stop themselves from eating, they tend to stockpile food to eat later. While eating with others, these people eat normally but when alone they gorge food and eat it all in rapid succession. If you’re eating throughout the day continuously, and you’re eating until you fell sick due to the food you’ve consumed and about yourself then you are probably suffering from binge eating disorder.
Wish to treat Binge eating disorder?
This disorder is curable. The first thing that you must do is change your lifestyle. You need to eat healthy. You should look at what you’re eating and what it can do to your body. Make sure to get rid of all such food items that tempt you. You need to understand that there is a different between ‘wanting’ to eat and ‘needing’ to eat. Are you really hungry, or are you stressed and you think that you need food to eat in order to cope with your issues?
You should eat at least five times a day by having small portions of meals. Or eat healthy snacks in between as this way you won’t be starving till the next meal time and you won’t binge. Don’t go on a diet. You should eat things but eat then occasionally. See which eatables trigger your overeating tendency the most and avoid eating them. Learn to control your cravings when you feel tempted to eat food despite not feeling hungry. Go talk to someone, read a book or go out for a walk do whatever you can to distract yourself. Lastly, seek professional help and don’t fight your battle with Binge eating disorder alone.