What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Bingeing as we commonly mention is not the same as splurging. Once in a way indulging and splurging on high calorie foods is normal and way different from Binge Eating. This condition is more grave than simply overeating on occassions. I would call this a condition whereby the brain is not in harmony with the stomach and one can keep on eating without realizing he/she is uncomfortably full.

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The foods one may binge on here are mostly high calorie as the trigger to the brain in any eating disorder is mostly depression. Sugar, creamy, fried and calorie dense foods are mostly binged upon as the Feel Good Happy Hormone Releasers. Binge Eating Disorder is a vey serious addiction and the toughest to correct among all other addictions.

What are it’s symptoms & Causes?

Every disorder stems from Negative Emotions, especially food. Eating Disorders have never been about what you are eating, they are about how you are feeling?Whether it is anger, depression, stress, fear, anxiety, moroseness, loneliness, failure, sorrow or in some cases even genetic there are numerous causes to this disorder

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The most common symptoms for these are-

  •   Frequently eating abnormally large amounts of food
  • Being unable to control what or how much is being eaten
  • Eating hastily without any interruptions or looking elsewhere
  • Eating beyond being full, not realizing when to stop until you can’t stuff yourself any more.
  • Eating large amounts of food soon after the previous meal
  • Mostly Eating alone or in hiding
  • Person always emoting negativity, depression, hatred, anger, disgust followed by high calorie indulgences.
  • Suffering from low self-esteem and feeling of being unwanted/insignificant
  • Crying while you are eating

How does it affect one’s health?

Binge Eating Disorder can prove devastating as it has less to do with food and more to do with feelings. One would binge to distract /punish /satisfy themselves caused due to negative feelings. Now these feelings become worse after the binge is over and when reality strikes but the vicious cycle has taken the better of you further weakening you emotionally. Physical, Mental, Emotional trauma can set in varying degrees in individuals leading to self destruction, abnormally high cholesterol & sugar levels, hormonal imbalances, out of control behaviour patterns and in some cases have also proved fatal. Suicides are very common with extreme cases of binge eaters

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How can one overcome binge eating disorder?

This is probably the hardest addiction to correct and one needs a lot of support. Your Nutritionist alone can’t help the patient entirely, Family, Close friends, Counselors and Life Coaches are equally important in treating this Eating disorder which is stemming from a chaos of Emotional Disharmony. One needs to feel Happy First to Feel Healthy. So like any other addiction the one thing you should never stop a binge eater from doing is eating. Let them eat the quantity but modify the quality first.

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What’s the key here is to make them aware, counsel them, reach out to the cause of their stressful eating and gradually make them realize the difference, help them identify with themselves and the relationship they share with food. How much they matter, their self worth, feeling loved, positive body image backed up with a Happy Eating Plan all work hand in hand. The binger needs to decide that “Enough is Enough” and that’s how one can transition out smoothly from this condition. Wellness Diets play a major role in such situations whereby we continue to administer food addicts their favorite foods and are cleverly weaned off the unhealthy to healthy eating pattern with essential support.

Article on Bombay Times – 14th Oct’16

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