Sunday, February 19, 2017
I was covering the last 20 minutes of a health class for my colleague, and the students were working on presentations for their upcoming nutrition fair. For fun, I walked around and asked general questions to prepare them for future visitors.
Their topics were all self-chosen and related to questions that they had about real life nutrition: the effects of skipping breakfast, calories in Starbucks drinks, etc. I was having a good time and feeling pretty smart (since I already knew most of their info) when I came across a display-in-progress on binge-eating. I let the boys explain what binge-eating was (like I don't know!) and then I asked, "What can people do to stop this?"
I assumed they would tell me about finding other activities or not keeping chips in the house. Instead, I got this answer: "Most people binge-eat because they're depressed so they have to take care of the depression first."
Am I depressed? Do I start the week on a positive high day and then lose it? Why, exactly, do I lose control? I am coming off of a 3-day binge of ugly, ugly choices. I ate Culver's custard straight from the carton-- and I had bought it for my kids for Valentine's Day! I refused to log in to Spark for three days because I was too angry to confront my choices.
So how do I get help? I'd love any advice.