quote-it-all-begins-and-ends-in-your-mind-what-you-give-power-to-has-power-over-you-if-you-leon-brown-55-39-75Is food controlling you? If so, you may have an eating disorder. Many people with eating disorders are not even generally aware that they even have one. Binge eating, and or overeating specifically are some of the most common.

In the past many people associated eating disorders primarily with women. Studies have shown that just as many men if not more struggle with eating disorders.

Here are some behaviors to be aware of if you think you or someone you love may be suffering with a binge eating disorder:

  1. Lack of control once eating has begun:  This is one of the first indicators that there could be an eating problem.  If you are full yet you can’t and or won’t stop eating there is a problem. If you almost always eat till you are beyond miserable there is a problem. Now I am not talking about Thanksgiving dinner and other holidays were generally we over indulge.
  2. Depression: If you tend to always feel depressed and turn to food for comfort this could be another sign.
  3. Grief: If you feel like you just can’t say no without feeling bad and thinking about it. Not having it is actually breaking your heart.
  4. Anxiety: Knowing you shouldn’t be over eating or binge eating and somehow it makes you anxious when you do and when you don’t.
  5. Shame: Worried about what others will think if they only knew the way you really eat when no one is looking. Hiding food so that no one knows what and how much you are eating.
  6. Disgust or self hatred: Once the high of binging on food subsides you feel disgusted with yourself. You go into a phase of self loathing that either triggers you to want to diet, or make a change but you just never seem to be able to do it.

Why can’t you do it? You can not diet away an eating disorder. There are generally underlying emotional reasons that trigger overeating and binge eating. This is why a large percentage of people who have gastric bypass, lap band, or other weight loss surgeries or go on diets tend to in the long term gain back some if not all and more of the weight they lost.  Until you learn how to have a new and healthy relationship with food, it will be a never ending cycle that will destroy you.

The good news is that there is hope and help to end binge eating and overeating. There are counselors, and various inpatient and outpatient programs. There are online groups and tools that can help you. A great place to start would be to check out the End Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating disorders site. There are free tools to get you started and on your way to healing and recovering from a life of overeating and binge eating.

There is recovery from a life of food addiction. It is simply up to you to take back the power you have given to food and develop a healthy relationship with food that will last a lifetime.

Much Love,

Your Fun Coach

Tricia

Change your food relationship starting today.

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