Most people have experienced a binge eating episode in their lives. Eating one too many cookies, finishing a bag of chips, losing control at the dinner table. Though most people experience very sporadic episodes of this, their binge eating will not become episodic. Binge eating disorder is a qualified diagnosable eating disorder where a binge episode happens at least once a week for up to three months.
Statistics have revealed that binge eating disorder is one of the most common eating disorders today compared to other well known eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Scientists are eagerly at work trying to pinpoint the cause for such a lack of control and lack of connection between the brain and the stomach. Like all mental health disorders, binge eating disorder is caused by both illness of the brain, the body, and the spirit. Three key emotional factors can play into binge eating disorder. Typically, any eating disorder or mental health disorder in which a substance is abused, has little to do with the substance. Instead, it has to do with a deep emotional disturbance having to do with underlying issues.
Food can be a friend. Comforting, satisfying, and always available, food is a friend that doesn’t talk back, doesn’t judge, doesn’t criticize, and is always giving. Loneliness and feelings of isolation or desperation can lead someone to turn to food for the first time. After making the neural connection between comfort, or pleasure, and food, they are more likely to turn to food again and again each time they experience feelings of loneliness.
Abusing food consumption in large quantities can be attached to shame, as is similar with most eating disorders. Eating food to the point of feeling stuffed and disgusted is, in one form, self-sabotage and self-punishment. Feelings of shame can arise from hundreds of different sources. A compulsive need to create more shame out of feelings of shame is often what drives the vicious cycle of binge eating disorder.
Summarily, either of the above emotional drives for binge eating is an effort to cope. Addicts and alcoholics, for example, use drugs and alcohol to cope with trauma, co-occurring mental health disorders, a general inability to deal with life on life’s terms.
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