Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
Eating, in a discrete period of time (eg, within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances;
A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (eg, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
The binge eating episodes are associated with at least three of the following:
Eating much more rapidly than normal Eating until feeling uncomfortably full Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or feeling very guilty after overeating Marked distress regarding binge eating.
I have had problems with binge eating that comes with bulimia and I am working on recovery. I have attended OA and therapy with guys and they have mentioned that they feel more alone and embarrassed about getting help too.
you also mentioned that you went through periods of barely eating at all. People with EDs can go through cycles of binge/purge or binge/fast episodes (there are so many combos).
The "barely eating at all periods" can be considered just as severe as what you are doing now. That's the thing with EDs, you don't control the "behavior" It controls you. If you wait for treatment, you might go back to the period of barely eating or you might seek out new compensatory behaviors like bulimia.
I couldn't control or stop myself from going from anorexic to bulimic or from fasting to binging.
My advise is if you started off with restrictive behaviors--you are initially want to go back to that period of time. (I still struggle with the anorexic thoughts and some behaviors.) It's important to get treatment or a plan that does not restrict food or cut out food groups.
It also helps if you write about what you are going through like the person below suggested. my blogs go back years and it really helps to read the progress. hugs
Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 9/16/2012 (09:55)
9/15/12 10:54 P
I wish I could give you some advice, but unfortunately the binge monster is an ugly one. We all binge for different reasons. Sometimes it's from being so strict for so long, you just want to rebel. But I think most of the time it's from an underlying problem we haven't dealt with. Something is probably bothering you, and unfortunately nobody is going to be able to tell you what that is. Only YOU are going to be able to answer your own question.
You have to be honest with yourself. When you're wanting to binge, you need to think about what else is on your mind or bothering you. Did something happen today or within the past few days? Is something big coming up at work or with friends/family? During your binge, what are you thinking about? Do you want to stop or are you enjoying it? What about afterwards? I know it's kind of silly to ask yourself these questions and write down your answers WHILE you're binging, lol, but if you can do it, it will help you really think about not just what you're doing, but how you're feeling. Sometimes I binge because I'm actually happy and excited. Other times because I'm anxious, and I feel like I need calmed down. When I'm getting really stressed out by the kids I watch, I can literally just start shoving food in my mouth without thinking about it.
Like I said, it's such a tricky thing, and different for everybody. If it's not something you feel like you can control, maybe talking with a therapist or counselor who specializes in disordered eating or food addiction will be able to help. Again, I wish I had some advice to offer. Good luck.
Edited by: AM_MORRIS87 at: 9/15/2012 (22:55)
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1 9/15/12 10:42 P
about two years ago i was around 5'8 237 lbs. i got on track and got down to my lowest of 150 lbs. i maintained that 150 lbs for around a year. i now recently find myself binge eating 2-3 times a week. why is this? i went from having great discipline to lose all this weight and then maintained it for a while. Now i keep binge eating and i don't know why. my binges are bad too. i usually end up eating around 4,000 calories each time :( i am now up to around 155 lbs and need help to stop this. I am very conscious about my weight and how i look. Yes i know that must be weird for a guy but i just always have been. I've went through times where i would barely eat anything to now i find myself eating so much. I want to stop this before it gets out of hand. Has anyone else suffered from this? any advice is well appreciated. Thanks everyone.