I know I’ve discussed binge eating disorder before, but today I want to really bring this topic to light.
While it’s not an easy topic of discussion, binge eating is something that sadly, many people deal with. In fact it is THE MOST common eating disorder and like all disorders, there is a negative stigma attached to it that often leaves those who struggle with binge eating in isolation.
To be real with you all – which you know I try to be as transparent as possible on this platform, there was even a time in my life that I too went through a phase of binge eating and I now see so many other women struggling with this issue. Hence, I think it is so important to talk about!
First let’s understand, what is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating is the REGULAR occurrence of eating an excessive amount of food so quickly that it causes serious physical discomfort, guilt, shame and regret. The end game for binge eaters is purge the large quantities of food consumed in an unnatural way (i.e. forced vomiting).
Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in America. Why is that?
There are so many reasons, but most of it has to do with the ease of access to mass quantities of food and the popularity of restrictive diets. This combination is basically a breeding ground for this disorder. The option to load up on junk food or fast food is just too easy in today’s world, and restrictive diets drive people to out-of-control hunger, which can lead straight to these unhealthy choices.
Health and wellness are important, but binge eating disorder is a prime example of what can happen when fixate on shedding pounds and restrict ourselves to the point of losing control. The ironic thing about binge eating is that it usually causes people to become overweight in the end. That’s a lose, lose, babes.
The thing about binge eating is that it quickly creates a bad behavioral loop. People who struggle with it often become helpless, which fuels the cycle to continue. The hamster-wheel effect of restrictive diets triggers the impulse to binge, which then sparks the feeling of panic and regret which then leads to the purge. The cycle goes on and on until the person struggling seeks help and a healthy, normal diet and eating routine is put in place.
Binge eating is a serious disorder and often life threatening. It has been known to cause diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, hypertension, and gastrointestinal issues. When binging becomes a long-term situation, it can actually lead to death.
It is my hope that the HXH community can create a safe space for an open dialogue, and be a place of healthy dietary practices to support those among us who are fighting this battle. If you are struggling with binge eating, or know someone who is struggling who is, please know this: there is help.
We are all in this together. XX