08 Dec What you don’t know about Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is a very real problem. As with any eating disorder, it is kept very secret. My hope in writing this article is to draw attention to this very misunderstood emotional problem, and for people to get the correct treatment to stop their destructive eating disorder cycle. Binge eating disorder is the most common, yet, surprising to me, it was only made into a diagnosis fairly recently. People have been struggling with this very real problem, and been given no voice to their pain, until only a few years ago, by the medical community. By this very fact the afflicted individual has felt enormous shame and guilt with their behavior, and given little support in order to help them stop, only reinforcing the destructive behaviors. The more you binge out of control, the worse you feel, reinforcing the secretive nature of this illness. There are therapeutic resources in your community to help break the stigma. Remember, there are no good or bad foods. Just like there are no good or bad feelings. Ask your support system to help you recognize your triggers and find healthy ways to cope. There are more proactive ways to handle the discomfort. You are worth doing the hard work to recover and rehabilitate. There is research out now that supports this. The goals of treatment for someone with BED are to develop self-worth, to have acceptance of your genetic body type, and to be able to express feelings safely. Mastering this eliminates the impulse to self abuse with food.