Starting the recovery of a binge eating disorder

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It was Albert Einstein you said "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." I have been a member of SP for some time but I didn't have much sucess because I kept sabatoging myself. Thinking "if I don't eat lunch and dinner I can overeat my favorite foods". I might even overeat something healthy but I would eat and eat and eat it. I was feeling out of control and overwhelmed then I came across something on the internet, the tell tale signs of an eating disorder. It was shocking to me. I have been overeating for 20 years and I never really looked at why and what triggers it. I could identify with every symptom. So I went to the doctor who referred me to a therapist who referred me to group therapy. I found there are alot of resources and treatments and it is totally realistic to overcome and change eating habits but probably not without hard work and determination.

Almost everyone overeats occasionally. But if you have a binge eating disorder, you'll consistently have some or all of the following symptoms:

- Fear of not being able to control eating, and while eating, not being able to stop.
Isolation. Fear of eating around and with others.
- Chronic dieting on a variety of popular diet plans.
- Holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight.
- Hiding food in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed) to eat at a later time.
- Vague or secretive eating patterns.
- Self-defeating statements after food consumption.
- Blames failure in social and professional community on weight.
- Holding the belief that food is their only friend.
- Frequently out of breath after relatively light activities.
- Excessive sweating and shortness of breath.
- High blood pressure and/or cholesterol.
- Leg and joint pain.
- Weight gain.
- Decreased mobility due to weight gain.
- Loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations.
- Mood swings. Depression. Fatigue.
- Insomnia. Poor Sleeping Habits.

It's a behavioral disorder marked by episodes of uncontrollable eating. If you have binge eating disorder(BED), you consume unusually large amounts of food at a time--often but not always in secret and until you're uncomfortably full. This eating disorder is similar to bulimia, but people with BED don't try to compensate for their binges by purging the food; that is, they don't try to get rid of it through vomiting or taking laxatives. You may feel overwhelmed by shame and embarrassment about both your weight (whether you're overweight or not) and how you eat. Most people with BED are overweight or obese, but the disorder also appears in people of normal weight.

A national survey recently found that 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men suffer from binge eating disorder at some point in their lives. It's also estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of people trying to lose weight on their own or following commercial weight-loss programs have the disorder. Binge eaters tend to be older than people with anorexia and bulimia, and slightly more women than men suffer from binge eating disorder.

So in the next blogs I write I will discuss the information I have learned and journal my experience in individual and group therapy as well as other treatments I research. I don't want to say that everyone who is obese has an eating disorder because that is incorrect. I just think that the it is hugely unreported as to the amount of people that have an eating disorder and that those people can be any age, not just younger people.

I do know that you can pass your eating habits to your children as you are their most important and influentencial role model. My daughter's age 21, 18, and 11 all have symptoms of binge eating. My oldest daughter is in treatment for bulimia. So thus my motivation to change the way I approach emotions and food is to pass on those habits to my girls.

My goal is to raise awareness about binge eating disorders... emphasizing always that eating disorders are NOT about food and weight; They are just the symptoms of something deeper going on, inside. If you suffer from binge eating disorder you are not alone, and that complete recovery is possible. The more you know, the more you are equipped yourself with the tools of change. If you have any eating disorder, you can find help. You can recover. And you deserve to do both.

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    I admire your honesty and courage to let others know about your disorder. And yes you are so right when it comes to our children and the influence we have over them. I found myself last summer with my 5 year old telling me she had a fat belly and that she didn't want me to start eating "her snacks" because in her own words "you will eat them all mommy". And she cried. that was it for me. I haven't looked back since. Even now that I'm pregnant, I am taking better care of myself, not eating for "2" and I'm exercising 5x a week. I am keeping my weight gain to a minimum but I know that when it is over, I will be able to lose the weight that I gain and get back on track to getting towards my goals. I think your blogs will help a lot of people.
    3214 days ago
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