The 7 Mistakes Binge Eaters Make
I received this fantastic E-mail from Debbie Williams. Debbie is very generously giving away free work books on Binge Eating Disorder. I found this work book very informative and full of good exercises. Debbie suffered from Bulimia Nervosa, she recovered and is now an NLP Trainer and Hypnotherapist, Clinical Consultant to Just Be Well at No.1 Harley St. Debbie Williams indeed gives me hope that Eating Disorders can be defeated. I pray this year brings all those who suffer from Eating Disorders, a good health and freedom from the demon of Eating Disorder.
Binge Eating Disorder is the most common and most misunderstood eating disorder in the Muslim world. Every year during Ramadan many are hospitalized for over eating or binge eating. According to Huffington Post in July 2013 dozens of Qataris were hospitalized for overeating . In 2011 More than 1 300 people needed treatment at a Qatari hospital after suffering from stomach upsets caused by excessive eating the first two days of Eid Al Adha. The problem is that BED often goes undiagnosed and untreated.
According to Cynthia Bulik “the most common profile of someone with an eating disorder is probably a woman in her thirties or forties who struggles with weight control and suffers from BED. Countless women and men in midlife and beyond from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds wake up each morning with BED and until now, they did not even have a diagnostic category of their own.”
Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating
Source: National Centre for Eating Disorders http://eating-disorders.org.uk/information/compulsive-overeating-binge-eating-disorder/
Binge Eating Disorder is the name of an eating disorder in which a person is unable to prevent himself or herself from eating large amounts of food, often in a mindless state and in a short space of time; and the eating feels out of control. One difficulty in knowing whether you have Binge Eating Disorder is that no-one knows exactly what kind of eating constitutes a “binge”. One man’s binge may be just another man’s hearty meal.
Compulsive Overeating is not the name of an eating disorder, it is a term that sufferers use to describe eating patterns that feel out of control and which can feel like an addiction to food that could make them gain weight. People who describe themselves as compulsive eaters feel that they cannot control their eating and thus they end up eating more than they need. As a result, compulsive overeaters usually struggle to control their weight. Compulsive overeaters have cravings that they cannot master, and may overeat small or large amounts of food, or just pick and nibble some of the time.
So Binge Eating Disorder and compulsive overeating are much the same thing and the differences between them do not really matter. Because compulsive overeaters feel that they cannot control their intake of food, they are likely to describe themselves as lacking in “willpower” and they would usually say that they are eating for comfort rather than for genuine physical need.
“Expert” Definitions of Binge or Compulsive Overeating include some or all of the following features which occur with regularity at least 3 times per week:
- Eating faster than usual
- Eating past the point of fullness
- Eating when not physically hungry
- Eating alone or in secret
- Feeling upset or guilty after overeating
- Feeling that you are abnormal
- Feeling “taken over” or “driven” as if by an other presence in respect of eating
- Trying to compensate for overeating by dieting or restraining food or purging ( in the latter case you are suffering from bulimia)
Sufferer descriptions might include comments like the following:
- I cannot control myself. I’ll open the fridge and eat. No matter what time of day, even if I’ve just finished breakfast or dinner. I’ll still search for food. I’m not necessarily hungry, I’m just addicted – its like a drug. The more I have the more I want. I eat it so quick, like there’s no tomorrow. And it’s always in secret. I even bring food to bed, and in the morning I put the wrappers in an outside dustbin so no-one knows what I’ve eaten.
- If I know that my family and husband are going out, I’ll make up an excuse to stay home, that way I can eat and eat and eat.
- I’m so disgusted and ashamed of myself. I hate myself for doing it. I know it’s wrong while I am doing it but I will carry on. That is what I can’t understand, while I’m bingeing. I know what I’m doing but I don’t stop. Food is ruling my life. I just wish I could take it or leave it. But it’s never enough.
- I eat properly in front of other people and eat masses when I get home and on-one can see me.
- I go backwards and forwards to the fridge looking for something to satisfy me and nothing seems to.
- I start a diet on Mondays and by 11 o clock I am in the biscuit tin, saying here I go again.
The Effects of BED
- Lack of fitness and general ill health from a lack of nutrition;
- Obesity and its associated illnesses, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart disease and diabetes;
- Problems with relationships;
- Stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and social isolation;
- An increased likelihood of developing certain cancers.
Treatment for BED
According to Cynthia Bulik- Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “The single most important step for anyone who suspects she might have BED is to get an evaluation. Whether it be by a primary care physician, a psychologist, or a dietitian—it is a critical first step. Many people are afraid that if they go in for an evaluation that means they are committing to years and years of psychotherapy. That is not the case! People vary widely in how long and what type of treatment they need. For some, a good self-help book or program might be all it takes. For others, a good relationship with a dietitian can go miles toward normalizing eating and reducing the urge to binge. For others, brief courses of psychotherapy help get the urges under control. You will never know what your recovery path will look like until you take that first step.”
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