The Battle of the Binge
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The Battle of the Binge

 

By definition, binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. It is sometimes a symptom of binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating disorder. During such binges, a person rapidly consumes an excessive amount of food.

 

Almost everyone overeats from time to time. But if you regularly overeat while feeling out of control and powerless to stop, you may be suffering from binge eating disorder. People with binge eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust, and depression. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t. If this sounds familiar, here’s the good news: binge eating disorder is treatable. You can learn to break the binge eating cycle and develop a healthier relationship with food.

Almost everyone overeats from time to time. But if you regularly overeat while feeling out of control and powerless to stop, you may be suffering from binge eating disorder. People with binge eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust, and depression. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t. If this sounds familiar, here’s the good news: binge eating disorder is treatable. You can learn to break the binge eating cycle and develop a healthier relationship with food.

People with binge eating disorder are embarrassed and ashamed of their eating habits, so they often try to hide their symptoms and eat in secret. This can make it tough for family and friends to spot the warning signs. And you can’t identify a binge eater by appearance. While some binge eaters are overweight or obese, others are of normal weight.

 

Some behavioral symptoms of binge eating are:

 Inability to stop eating or control what you’re eating

Rapidly eating large amounts of food

Eating even when you're full

Hiding or stockpiling food to eat later in secret

Eating normally around others, but gorging when you’re alone

Eating continuously throughout the day, with no planned mealtimes

 

The effects of binge eating can be severe and leads to a wide variety of physical, emotional, and social problems. People with binge eating disorder report more health issues, stress, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder. Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are common side effects as well. But the most prominent effect of binge eating disorder is weight gain.

 

The first line of treatment in binge eating is to develop a healthier relationship with food. Avoid temptation, listen to your body and focus on what's on your plate. Concentrate on your food, eat slowly and don't skip meals. Ensure that you have a balanced plate encompassing all the food groups.

 

Step two involves dealing with the emotions linked to binge eating or the stressful situation you may be in. Coping methods, talking to someone and a bit of exercise can ease feelings of distress. They may also be a means of distraction and allow and you to take control of the issue at hand better. 

 

Should you feel that you are unable to cope with binge eating, Dr Bakers CarboBlock formula is designed at targeting binge eating by improving serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin are associated with high sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Improving serotonin levels will not only assist with comfort food cravings but also help lift mood and energy in general. Call us on 0312099319 or visit us at 460 Peter Mokaba Ridge. For more information follow us on Instagram @drraebaker and like us on facebook Dr Bakers Super Slim 


 

Warm Regards

Dr Raeesa Aboobaker
M Tech Hom 

DR Bakers Super Slim Weight Loss and Aesthetic Clinic

460 Peter Mokaba Ridge

Essenwood

Durban
031 209 9319
083 779 7258

www.drbakerssuperslim.co.za

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