You are not bad.
You are not alone.
After a binge, you may feel like a bad person.
You may feel there’s something wrong with you, or that you have no self control.
You wonder why everyone else gets to love and enjoy life, happy and free of the secret binge-eating burden that you carry every day.
There’s good news: You’ve already taken the first step out of this self-destructive cycle: You’re reading this, aren’t you?
But before you can take the second step, you must understand and accept two things:
- You are NOT a bad person. Binge eating is a widely-known, recognized, and diagnosable condition with common root causes and triggers.
- You are NOT alone. In the U.S., there are currently 5.5 million women and over 3 million men who suffer from chronic binge eating.
Are YOU actually “binge eating”?
Do any of the following describe you?
- You find yourself eating large quantities of food, often quickly, and often alone, 1-2x per week (or more).
- You often eat past the “full” point – to the point that you feel sick or uncomfortable.
- You don’t feel like you’re in control of your eating.
- You don’t try to make up for your eating with behaviors like purging, abusing laxatives, or fasting.
- You feel guilty, embarrassed, disgusted, depressed, or ashamed after eating.
What exactly is binge eating?
The definition of binge eating is eating large quantities of food in a short (under 2 hour) period of time, often to the point of discomfort, while feeling shame and a loss of control, and includes the descriptive points given above. Binge eating (BED) occurs without the presence of bulimia or anorexia.
Who are binge eaters?
Afflicting an estimated 3.5% of women and 2% of men, Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S. Binge eating affects people of all ages, races, cultures, and economic status. About 60% of binge eaters are women (often in early adulthood), and 40% are men (more frequently in midlife).
Many binge eaters also suffer from one or more physical and/or psychological conditions, including
- Depression, guilt, shame, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, periods of functional impairment, or a feeling that their quality of life is lower than others
- Obesity-associated consequences such as heart disease, Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, fatigue, joint pain, and gallbladder disease.
Binge eating is often misunderstood
If you feel alone because of the way you eat, remember that binge eating is an often misunderstood condition that can be treated successfully with the support from a qualified eating disorder specialist.