Feeding frenzy (Binge Eating Disorder in English, BED) is one of the eating disorders (PPP for short), in which people eat a very large amount of food in a short time. They do not control their actions and cannot influence them, so they cannot stop eating when full.
Crises are very painful and people who suffer from them would not wish them on their greatest enemies. They are followed by feelings of guilt, shame, failure and even self-loathing. Which, of course, reinforces the vicious circle of a toxic relationship with food that is easy to get out of.
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BED can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. At the same time, experts say, evidence suggests it may be the most common eating disorder. Refresher spoke with Ema, who holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Scotland, who is recovering from binge eating.
Unquenchable thoughts and unquenchable hunger
“The episode started with unquenchable thoughts swirling around in my head. For example, I wanted to run away from them for the show, but they didn’t give me peace. They came to such a point that I walked out of the bed I came back and maybe twenty minutes or so. But then I couldn’t take it anymore, I took my wallet, my bag and went to the store to buy some food to overeat. I didn’t didn’t buy a packet of crisps, I had a basket full,” Emma opened up about her experience.
In Scotland everything is sold in big packs, so instead of one Kinder Buena I bought exactly four. This, of course, made the overeating episode worse.
Ema easily ate 5,000 calories per session. But she felt no satisfaction, she was still hungry. “It got to the point where I had to vomit, but it wasn’t like I had to stick my fingers down my throat and force myself. But even the vomiting didn’t stop me in the subsequent consumption,” she added.
What happened after the episode? Shame, guilt, remorse came. “I cried and confirmed that I had failed. I ordered exercise and detox as punishment” described by Emma.
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Ema described the habit as one of the main triggers for crisis episodes – for example, she used to banish boredom with food, as well as emotions: “I’m sad? I wish. I have one? I wish you a party. But it wasn’t the common overeating we all know. I was losing control.”
I didn’t feed my body a nutritionally balanced diet, so one of the triggers was definitely simple hunger.
As Ema explained, common overeating is eating larger doses, but not common. This takes place, for example, at a party – instead of one piece of cake we have two pieces or overeat during the “all-inclusive” vacation. The important thing is that a person does not lose control of the food, he is able to put the fork down when it is full.
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“But the essence of binge eating is losing control. It’s fast, compulsive eating that accompanies compulsive thoughts – so it’s also a mental struggle. Epileptic overeating is also characterized by loneliness, precisely at causes feelings of guilt and shame. she explained.
Ema’s eating disorder started in a big way after she started college. For the past five years, they’ve been in a cycle of dieting, restrictions, and binge eating. And again and again, again and again.
“When I went to school I was very motivated and strong willed. I kept trying new and new diets – vegan, intermittent fasting, keto. But then I went home and I always started a huge episode of binge eating, when I gained seven pounds in a month. I ate everything I forbade myself for three months during school, “ she stated.
I didn’t even know it was bulimia. At first I thought something was wrong with me – that I had a metabolic problem because I was never full and ate even when I was not hungry.
But last year, I told Ema enough and decided to solve her problem, and the study of psychology, which named her, also helped her. “I realized that yes, I have a problem, but there is nothing wrong with me. I felt relieved” she added.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t find an expert in the field who would deal with this specific eating disorder. So in a very creative way, she had to “explore” how to help herself: “I ordered professional literature and at the same time we discussed behavioral changes in college, including various strategies, which I then applied to myself. After the episode, I wrote down what came before it, what the aftermath was, and other techniques that helped me tremendously. »
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It is also for this reason that Ema also wants to manage binge eating in a professional way. He also sees in the posts he adds on social networks that this problem is not solved. “People who are where I was years ago write to me every day. And I don’t want them to have to go through all of this on their own.” she says.
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