Do you think you eat a little too much extra even when your tummy feels full? Do you munch snacks the whole day and find yourself unstoppable? Chances are that you are a compulsive eater- A binge eater.
Binge eating is one of the eating disorders that most women suffer with either in their late adolescence or early adulthood. In the simplest of words, binge eating means eating huge amounts of food and being powerless to stop the consumption.
Who are Binge eaters?
Ones who eat uncontrollably
Ones who hide or stock food to eat in secret
Ones who encounter storm like cravings frequently
Ones who do not follow planned mealtimes
Ones who rapidly consume large amounts of food
Is emotional stability linked with Binge eating?
Absolutely! The worst form of binge eating is the one that evolves from the emotional condition of an individual. Binge eaters show significance emotional symptoms. Some of them are listed below-
Eating is the only remedy to their stress and tensions
Feeling ashamed of the huge amount of food intake
Feeling insensitive while eating
Always feeling unfulfilled after eating
Feeling guilty and embarrassed about the eating habits
Always staying desperate to loose weight
How does Binge eating start?
Binge eating can begin when individuals recover from a rigid eating habits or a stiff diet. Often people undertake strict diets that push them towards starvation and malnourishment. During such diets, the body starts to prepare itself for a new type of behavior wherein one would consume a large amount of food in a very short period of time.
Some research have also shown that binge eating can also be caused by certain environmental factors or even be an after effect of some traumatic incidences.
What are the consequences of Binge eating?
Binge eating is very unhealthy and leads to a wide variety of problems that can be physical, emotional, and social problems. People who have binge eating disorders are reported to suffer from severe stress, insomnia, depression and anxiety attacks. Some cases of binge eating have also resulted in being suicidal and being constant negative thinkers. Out of the long list, the most prominent effect of binge eating is Obesity and weight gain which further leads to many health issues. More than 40% of people trying to lose weight are binge eaters.
How to stop Binge Eating?
There are a plethora of things that you can opt if you are a compulsive eater. If you think some sort of professional help is needed as you have tried and failed a zillion times, then do seek for professional support and expertise. Health professionals who would offer treatment for binge eating disorder include psychiatrists, nutritionists, therapists, and eating disorder and obesity specialists. So go and consult a doctor in order to cure your fatal eating habits.
Or if you think you can cure compulsive eating disorder by yourself, then here are some of the most effective strategies that you need to follow-
Find Alternate ways to manage stress that doesn’t involve food
Eat three meals a day plus and indulge in healthy snacking
Remove the temptation by clearing your fridge and cupboards
Learn to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger.
Keep a food diary and stay accountable
Individuals suffering from this disorder tend to have a lower quality of life and commonly experience social difficulties. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to get your eating habits on track. Binge eating is a core symptom of binge eating disorder; however, not everyone who binge eats has binge eating disorder.
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.