Are You Binge Eating and Can’t Stop?
Binge eating is defined as compulsively eating unusually large amounts of food in one sitting and is usually done secretively. It ranges in severity from periodic incidents to the recurrent episodes as seen in Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Binge eating is not to be confused with occasionally overeating or giving into a craving now and then.
Picture overeating on a continuum using these markers: quantity of food, frequency, emotional distress, powerlessness to stop. The higher on the scale for frequency and quantity, coupled with emotional distress, and an inability to stop, the more severe the problem.
Even infrequent binges to mask emotions should not be taken lightly. View them as a wakeup call. Something in your life is in disarray. Binges are masking what’s eating at you.
Binge eating is destructive to your mind and body. But, it can be controlled. However, it’s not just a matter of saying you will stop. It’s too complex. It will take some digging to get to the heart of it, learning healthier ways to manage what’s eating at you, or may take professional help. Read More »