What is Binge Eating?
“If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.”- unknown.
This week I want to touch on a topic that I believe can be a big deal for many of us. It might not be something you or I struggle with regularly, but can flare up from time to time. For some, this may be a regular habit or coping mechanism.
Binge eating is a very disruptive and unhealthy problem that is generally caused by an underlying issue. Wikipedia classifies it as such: "Binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. It is a common symptom of eating disorders such as binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. During such binges, a person rapidly consumes an excessive quantity of food.”
In this definition we see that binging can be associated with eating disorders but also can be a common way people cope with emotional issues and mental health struggle. Sometimes this can become a disorder. There are quite a few tangible symptoms including:
-Eating large quantities of food
-Hiding food containers
-Eating when full just to eat
The other component that comes into play here is the emotional factor and when one struggles with binge eating disorder or behavior these are indicators:
-Guilt and Shame
-Lack of control when eating
-Disgust and/or regret after eating
This is a tough topic to tackle and to get to the heart of but there are many resources available to women and men who struggle with binge eating, and I truly believe that healing from binge eating behaviors starts with addressing our mental health. We live in a world that tells us being skinny and small as women is the ultimate goal. The pressure we put on ourselves to attain an unrealistic expectation is SO high. For many having perceived “control” over food is the way they deal with it- even though binge eating is far from having control. Many people struggle with trauma, low self esteem, impulsive behaviors and the like that can lead to diving head first into this vicious cycle.
My personal response to tackling issues like binge eating, emotional eating, etc. was to dig in to my professional mental health background and combine my knowledge and experience in this field with a whole mind, body approach to healing the mind so you can heal your body and regain control over your health staring inside. I’d love to share more of the tools I have created to help women (and men) change their outlook and really understand the “how” to heal from the inside out. If you’d like to begin your journey check out my THINK FIT METHOD™.
Join me later this week on my blog for some tips to beat the hold that emotional/binge eating can have and move on to healthy living you can be in control of in a truly healthy way!