We all need it, we cannot survive without it. Food for every occasion and celebration in life, but when is it unhealthy? Have you ever considered it might be binge eating, not to be confused with occasional overeating and fullness, What about on a much more excessive and extreme level?
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness that can damage your health. It can happen to anyone, of any gender, age or background.
Bingeing is described as consuming a large amount of food, quickly and in a short period of time, that can be overindulging and everyone does that. Binge eating disorder is not about choosing to eat an extra bit or the occasional gluttony at an enjoyable time, bingeing is a distressing thing for people with BED.
Everyone has different feelings after a binge, during these times, many people feel guilty or ashamed of their bingeing that is why many people choose to do it home. This can be a depressing time for anyone who is bingeing, it can even make you feel low and depressed every time, then the next day you spend your time thinking and obsessing about what happened before, which is this toxic cycle.
Many people with the disorder cannot stop even though they feel like they should or they even cannot remember their Binge after it has happened.
There is no one case or way to be a Binge eater. All depends on the person or the situation.
For many people, it is done in the privacy of your own home, in a ritual manner or can involve your favourite bingeing foods, or it can be spontaneous. You may have already eaten or when feeling hungry.
Reasons why we binge
- Genes & Families
- Extreme diets
- Low self-esteem
Binge Eating Disorder not only affects your mental state, but there are also other serious side effects to BED, some are permanent and luckily some are temporary;
- High Blood
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Joint and Back Pain
It is always recommended if you think you or someone you know is suffering from BED that you visit your healthcare professional, or seeking treatment is the best chance of recovery. It can be difficult to talk to strangers or Doctors about this but this is a serious illness and you deserve to get better and get help.
Evidence-based guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- NICE recommends guided self-help focused specifically on binge eating disorder as the first step.
- If guided self-help isn’t appropriate for you, NICE recommends group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focused on eating disorders.
- If group CBT isn’t available, or you don’t feel that it is suited to you, then NICE recommends offering individual CBT focused on eating disorders.
Tips & Tricks
Work on you
Spend some time with yourself figuring out how you can help yourself and what you want for your future, good mental health is always ideal and loving yourself is so very important. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy including you. Try thinking of positives and get out of negative headspaces!
Don’t worry about dieting
By oppressing yourself with the latest fad diet you’re likely to end up in a Binge, try not to restrict yourself too much and then later feel guilty when you eat.
Eating small meals more often
It can reduce the want to overeat as you or stop you overthinking about meals or binges, try not to skip your meals it is more beneficial for yourself in the long run.
What about Yoga?
A great stress reliever, while also exercising.
Mindfulness can help enlighten one’s self and bring awareness to how you’re feeling and how you can alter the things around you.
Talking to people of seeking help
Talking to people of seeking help can take a lot of pressure off the situations when it’s often daunting doing it all on your own. There are many organisations available if you’d like to speak to someone else rather than a doctor or nurse.
Mood journal. Food journal
Try keeping a journal, a food or mood journal, this could help you to see trends in what triggers a binge and help you to lessen it. It can also be a great way to express yourself without having to talk to someone.
Sleep and hydrate
Good sleep can change and lift your moods, everything is easier with a night of regular long sleep. Tiredness can worsen low feelings and depression, try to improve your sleep patterns, it could make a world of difference. Drink more and more water, vital for the body’s system, gives the impression of fullness and is cleaning, drink your 8 glasses per day!
Overindulgent vs BED
Everyone can overindulge from time to time, an extra bottle of wine or finishing all the crisps, but when it starts to become regular sessions of bingeing you may want to consider BED. If you’re hiding overeating from friends and family in the house or planning a bingeing session. Bingeing as in eating so much even though you feel full and then after you might experience regret or ashamed.
BED vs Bulimia
Both are eating disorders however, there is a significant difference between Bulimia and BED, while both involve bingeing in secret and excessive amount. Bulimia ultimately leads to purging (vomiting), laxatives or excessive exercise so that calories from the binge are not consumed.
Right or wrong diagnosis
Diagnosis of any eating disorder can be very difficult for everyone involved but it is important to try and be as open and honest as possible when receiving help. The more information you can provide the likelihood your doctor or health nurse can diagnose your symptoms. Some doctors can get it wrong, so don’t be shy to get a second opinion with a different doctor, nutritionist or specialist.
Overeating vs BED
Binge Eating Disorder is a mental health illness that can cause an excessive amount of food to be consumed in a short time along with a sense of loss of control. Often feeling shame or guilt after the last binge but it is recurring episodes.
NES and BED
Night Eating Syndrome vs Binge Eating Disorder. Both are serious things, how we if your binging is only at night and it waking you even from sleep you may want to consider NES.