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Binge Eating Disorder
  • Arati Shah

  • 04, Jun. 2020

Binge Eating Disorder

Many of us would have eaten more than our ability at times and if this becomes a regular phenomenon, it can be an indication of ‘Binge Eating Disorder’. In Binge Eating Disorder (BED) one feels out of control or powerless to stop eating and, after eating starts the miserable feeling of having eaten so much and feelings of shame, guilt and depression overset in. This kind of eating can lead to substantial weight gain thus having an impact on health. Someone with this disorder can undergo a weight management program with the best nutritionist in Mumbai whilst working with a mental health specialist who can together help in controlling the unnecessary eating.  

Binge eating is seen often in people who cannot handle their emotions well and feel out of control. Food is used as comfort or reward. Sometimes, skipping of meals or even low calorie diets or extreme weight loss diets can trigger a backlash of binge eating. 

Weight gain is common when one eats large amounts of food. Obesity itself increases a person’s chances of long-term health problems such as sleep apnea, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. 

Here are a few way to recover from this and reverse the ill health effects: 

  1. Look at food as something that fulfils your nutrient needs and not emotional needs. So, clear the cupboards and refrigerator of your favourite binge foods. One is more likely to overeat if one is surrounded with unhealthy food 

  1. Learn how to recognize physical hunger. Within a short time of eating a meal if you want to eat, and you do not have a rumbling stomach, it means you are not hungry. Let the craving just pass. 

  1. Always eat meals at scheduled times. Skipping meals can lead to bingeing on food at the subsequent meals.  

  1. Boredom can cause mindless snacking. Go out for a walk or talk to a friend in such a situation. 

  1. Instead of always looking out for weight loss solutions learn toeat the healthy foods in moderation. Instead of focusing on banning your favourite foods reserve them for special occasions.    

  1. Keep a food dairy to track your foods and moods. This will enable you to recognize the triggers. 

  1. Make time for exercise. It works wonders for your mood and helps manage emotional eating. 

  1. Get sufficient sleep. 

  1. Do some deep breathing exercises when you are feeling the stress rather than turning to food.    

BED can affect a person’s overall health and self esteem. Lifestyle strategies play an important role along with help from other health professionals – nutritionists for weight management programs and mental health professionals to tackle emotional issues.