Binge eating disorder is one of the most common Eating Disorders (EDs), but also one of the least talked about. It is three times more common than anorexia and bulimia, but one of the least recognized and most stigmatized.
The psychoanalytic psychotherapist Michelle Miller comments that this is a disorder that is characterized by binge eating episodes, in which there is a lot of guilt and subsequent shame, but there are no compensatory behaviors (fasting, excessive exercise, vomiting), unlike other eating disorders.
What is a binge?
A binge is an episode in which a person consumes large amounts of food, usually in a short period of time, and experiences a feeling of loss of control. Many times the person also eats until they feel extremely full and uncomfortable.
Generally, binge eating produces a deep feeling of guilt and often depression, so most of the time they are not talked about or are hidden, which can delay diagnosis and treatment.
This eating disorder also has important consequences for the physical and mental health of the person who suffers from it.
How to identify it?
-I have times when I feel like I lose control with food and I can’t stop.
-I save food to treat myself later.
-I try to go on diets and I am very worried about my body and my weight.
-After a binge I feel guilt and shame.
-I constantly fluctuate in weight (up and down).
I am embarrassed to eat in public.
♦A binge can occur for several reasons, the most common are:
Physical and/or mental restriction (not eating certain food groups, eating less than you need, having prohibited foods, etc).
As a coping mechanism for painful emotions (anguish, guilt, envy, emptiness, among others).
Remember: binge eating is NOT about having ‘willpower’. Binge eating, as well as any symptom of an eating disorder, has emotional roots that must be understood and treated by a multidisciplinary team.
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