What drives us to binge eat and how does it reflect on our emotions?
“Go on. Just one more won’t hurt!”
Binge eating, also known as BED, is an eating disorder. Often an unrecognised one it is infact, the most common type of eating disorder.
You are most probably familiar with the term ‘binge drinking,’ so what is binge eating?
It is similar in that you seek to release inner stress and nervousness when eating.
People who experience episodes of binge eating find themselves consuming large quantities of food fast. Even when not hungry, they will drive themselves to eat more and more until they feel uncomfortable. Just like, when someone binge drinks alcohol as a form of escapism.
A binge eating episode is often driven by misleading pain signals our brain naturally releases as a coping mechanism to stress. Yet, people suffering from this behavioural disorder are ultimately left feeling worse! When someone experiences a binge eating episode, it is commonly followed by sentiments of guilt and self-defeat.
In this article, I will address some of the reasons why binge eating should not be a
habit left ignored. BED is incredibly detrimental to your physical and mental health, even life-threatening.
I will explain some of the triggers that can set off episodes of binge eating. Then, I will address ways you can overcome binge eating stints before they take control of your mind and body.
What is binge eating (BED), and how is it brought about?
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe but treatable psychological condition involving recurrent episodes of overeating in large quantities. Often you will not necessarily feel hungry or even need to eat. However, you will still desire to eat until you feel overfull.
Binge Eating is a behavioural eating disorder mainly triggered by stress. Over time, it will affect the person emotionally and physically, often leading to a loss of control and depression.
If you think you suffer from BED (binge eating disorder, then it is essential to take control as soon as you see the tell-tale signs, which include:
● Snacking at particular intervals in the day
● Eating when you don’t feel hungry
● Overeating till your past feeling full, often with discomfort
● Eating quickly for stints of up to half an hour to an hour
● Eating with no planned mealtimes, skipping meals to binge instead
● Eating alone because you’re embarrassed to eat in front of others
● Sense of a lack of control when eating
● Feeling guilty and distressed afterwards
● Low self-esteem
● May withdraw from friends and family
● Always shopping for snacks (high food bills)
● Hoarding and hiding food
● Fluctuations in weight
● Overweight - the risk of obesity
● Sometimes followed by forced purging (bulimia)
Binge eating disorder (BED) cannot be confused with overeating. Anyone can overeat on a given occasion. For example, you’re on holiday - helping yourself to the all-inclusive buffet.
It’s delicious, so you allow yourself to ‘seconds,’ regretting it later when you feel overfull and uncomfortable.
This means you’ve overeaten.
Someone who suffers from BED will do this much more regularly, sometimes every day.
Characteristically, they will feel a high when they first start eating. Then, it quickly reverts to a feeling of guilt and low self-esteem.
How is binge eating brought on?
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a psychological disorder that was only recently recognised by DSM-5 (U.S.standard classification of mental disorders) in 2013.
The specific reason why people develop BED is unknown. Instead, it has been associated with a variety of factors.
Right fromgenetics, emotional trauma, other psychological disorders and substance addiction.
Here is a list of reasons that can mean you are prone to binge eating:
■ Genetics -There is strong evidence binge eating is inherited and is genetically carried
down the bloodline.
■ Psychological - BED sufferers may have increased sensitivity to dopamine - the chemical released in your brain that gives you a sense of reward
■ Addiction - People addicted to sugar, as well as marijuana have a higher risk of
■ Emotional trauma or PTSD - People who are haunted by negative thoughts and
memories may seek escape binge eating food
■ Body Conscious - People who are body conscious fluctuate between dieting regimes or
suffer from the eating disorder bulimia may suffer from BED.
■ Other psychological disorders - Evidence shows that 80% of people who binge eat
suffer from another psychological disease, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar
How can binge eating disorder (BED) be treated?
As discussed in this article, BED is a severe psychological disorder. It distinctly drives people to behave in an erratic, unhealthy way when eating. It may be acting on stress levels or overthinking negative thoughts. However, it most probably derives from a more profound reason - another psychological disorder, addiction or even genetics.
Emotional trauma, as well as our behavioural instinct, manifests in the subconscious.
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective form of therapy to treat all kinds of behavioural motives and mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. It goes as far as helping you kick a controlling addiction to substances like sugar, alcohol and smoking. It can also be used as a method to treat more acute disorders like binge eating.
Hypnotherapy works by relaxing your mind into a state of deep concentration where you fall into a hypnotic sleep.
Only then can your thoughts be open to change, which is presented by using
positive imagery and suggestive language that causes your mind to switch itself to a more considerate state.
One that is in control of its behaviours and habits. One that isn’t erratic or
programmed to self-destruct.
If you think that you might suffer from a binge eating disorder (BED) and you want to take control by eliminating it for good, you can! Please take a look at our excellent hypnotherapy session designed
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