Binge Eating Disorder
About Binge Eating
Binge eating is much more common than you may realize. Although the diagnosis of binge eating is farily new to the book of diagnoses, it has been around for a very long time.
Binge eating is characterized as eating excessive amounts of food, ignoring your body’s signals of fullness. It also not uncommon to eat long before you are hungry. This happens because there is a fear of being hungry, often a feeling similar to an emotional emptiness.
It’s this emotional emptiness that leads you to food to “fill it up.” Of course, you never actually fill any emptiness inside and often end being critical and blaming yourself.
Thus the cycle begins again. You swear you won’t do that again. Maybe you don’t… for a day or two or maybe just for an hour. But the emptiness never goes away or gets better and so the binge returns to fill up on something. As well, the binge doubles quite nicely as a distraction. Focusing so much on hating yourself for doing it again, you never have time or energy to think about anything else, especially how empty you feel inside.
The binge eating cycle will continue until you can find a way to address the emptiness in a way that actually works.
The emotional emptiness needs something (not food). As you learn to give that to yourself, your need to eat to cope will lessen.
As you can imnagine, this is not always so easy. If it were, you would have figured it out by now. That’s where you may need help from someone else. Just getting help from another is a part of the healing. After all, if you feel empty inside, someone supporting you can begin to fill that emptiness.