The Grave Health Dangers Posed by Binge Eating

Binge eating is an eating disorder that effects a substantial amount of Americans, with a portion of the population unaware that they even have a problem. Binge eating is condition that is defined as eating to the point of feeling highly uncomfortable and being unable to stop. This is commonly seen on special occasions and holidays, but when it becomes a regular occurrence, then that is when a problem begins to form.

There is a feeling of being out of control in these moments, unable to curb the amount of food being consumed. Being hungry is usually not a factor when it comes to binge eating, since the binging usually is seen as an activity and not a way to satiate hunger. Most people usually feel ashamed and guilty after they binge, which may lead to long term depression. This act is sometimes a way to deal with emotional trauma, with the food acting as an escape. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this eating disorder and get you back on the path to a healthy physical and emotional state.

The best way to deal with a problem is to admit you have one. I know, this sound cliche, but talking about your binge eating disorder is the best way to cope. Confiding in a therapist is probably the healthiest form of expression for this situation, since he or she will be able to coach you through the process. In fact, studies have found that speaking to a therapist regularly about your eating disorder is the most effective way curb it. Trained therapists will be able to teach your techniques to learn how to deal with your emotional issues instead of masking them with food.

Learning how to implement self control into your life in a healthy way is a great technique to reduce binge eating. Most people who have food issues will eat the second the wake up or feel even the slightest tinge of hunger. The idea of being hungry can induce anxiety, so they quell that anxiousness by eating something right away. By training yourself to draw out that process, you will learn that hunger is nothing to be afraid of. Try pushing back your breakfast time by a couple hours or waiting an hour after you feel hungry to actually eat your meal. This will help you learn that self control is possible.

Just remember that the food is not the answer. There are other ways to cope with your emotions other than eating them to death. Try light exercise when you can’t get to your therapist or write in your journal to let out the feelings. Things will get better, it just might be journey to get to that healing place.

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