We have all been there, a bit too many chips, a couple more slices of pizza, a few more tablespoons of peanut butter. But when is the point when it becomes out of control? The point where we start to wander “Am I binge eating? Is this normal? Should I be ashamed of this?”.
Binge eating disorder is a spectrum. It can range from infrequent weekly binging to heavy and frequent binges per day. The one thing they all have in common is that the person turns their inability to control what they put in their body into a habit.
Binging ranges in seriousness but is manifested when the person turns their inability to control what they put in their body into a habit.
Often a person knows when they are binging, they are aware there is a negative habit lurking in their life sucking the energy out of them. They start to judge themselves and feel ashamed of what they are doing. This is the point where binging often takes full control and becomes almost a daily habit. It is more frequent at night or when you are home alone with no family around.
People who are binging are aware of the problem. They start to judge themselves and feel ashamed. They start hiding this habit from their family and loved ones.
The full effects of binging is manifested in the amount of energy it takes from you. You start to feel depleted as you start justifying to yourself why you should continue and then you proceed to being hard on yourself after you had a binging episode. This takes a lot of emotional/mental energy from you and ends up affecting other areas in your life.
If you start justifying why you should be binging before a binging episode, and proceed to judging yourself after an episode, then binging is fully draining energy from you. You will start to feel depressed, indifferent or low energy.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that binging (and its effects) are fully reversible. When we build this habit of binging, we break certain principles of nature that we must be reminded of in order to undo this problem.
To your health,
Mohamed Rezk, RD