Are you currently eating your fourth slice of cake or starting on your third chicken sandwich and wondering, “why am I like this?” If so, you are not alone. Binge eating is more common than you may realize.
All of us are guilty of eating without being hungry and eating even after we’re no longer hungry, but that doesn’t necessarily classify as binge eating. To understand why you’re binge eating, we first have to understand how it differs from overeating.
Binge eating vs. Overeating
When you’re eating more than required, you’re simply overeating.
Recurring compulsive overeating over a short period of time characterized by feelings of disgust, guilt, discomfort, shame and loss of control is however classified as Binge Eating Disorder (BED). BED is the leading eating disorder in the United States and affects more than three percent of Americans.
What Leads You to Binge Eat?
There are a number of reasons why people develop BED. Let’s take a look at the top three reasons.
You may simply be binge eating because it runs in the family. Research and studies suggest that genetics are one of the risk factors in developing eating disorders, be it bulimia, anorexia or binge eating.
An issue with genes or irregularities in genes can contribute to how a person develops appetite.
Depression and Stress
Individuals suffering from depression and mental health problems experience frequent binge eating episodes. Reverse studies show that BED patients are more likely to be depressive and have low self-esteem.
Negative emotions and an inability to regulate emotions also plays a major role in early onset of BED. Individuals who frequently deal with feelings of anger, disappointment and hurt binge eat more often, even if eating doesn’t alleviate those feelings.
If you’re going through a stressful event in your life such as breakup or a promotion and therefore more responsibilities at work, you may also indulge in binge eating episodes.
While being overweight can be a symptom of binge eating, obesity can also contribute to aggravating BED. Obesity isn’t always caused by overeating and a number of other factors can lead to weight gain—however, research shows that rates of food addiction are higher for obese individuals compared to healthy individuals.
If you’re looking to actively treat your binge eating disorder, there are a number of comprehensive treatments available. Rena Greenberg is based in Bradenton, FL, but she works with people all over the world over the phone or Skype, with excellent results. If you are struggling, we recommend getting in touch with us for a smooth recovery. Talk to Rena Greenberg to understand and identify the contributors of your binge eating episodes.