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"Beyond the Binge: Understanding and Healing from Binge Eating Disorder"

About Binge Eating
"Beyond the Binge: Understanding and Healing from Binge Eating Disorder"

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a widely misunderstood and unfairly stigmatized eating disorder. Often dismissed as a lack of willpower, BED is a serious mental illness that profoundly impacts those affected by it.

As outlined by the DSM-5, BED involves recurrent episodes of consuming large quantities of food within a discrete period, accompanied by a sense of loss of control. This behavior is associated with marked distress or shame. Notably, BED is diagnosed if these episodes occur at least once a week for three months, without compensatory behaviors like purging.

Diagnosing BED can be complex due to subjective criteria. Factors like societal norms about food quantity and diet culture can cloud perceptions of what constitutes a "normal" amount of eating, leading individuals to mislabel their eating habits as bingeing.

Furthermore, BED is often intertwined with cycles of restriction—both physical (such as avoiding certain foods or undereating) and emotional (feeling guilt or shame around eating). This restrict-binge cycle is pivotal; even minor instances of undereating can trigger intense hunger cues, making individuals vulnerable to binge episodes.

It's crucial to debunk the myth that BED only affects those with higher weights. This disorder can manifest across all body sizes. While weight gain may occur, it's not a definitive marker. Remember, eating disorders are mental health issues independent of physical appearance.

Binge eating serves a purpose beyond indulgence—it can numb emotions, offer a sense of control, or serve as a response to trauma or stress. Recovery from BED involves understanding and addressing these underlying functions.

Treatment for BED is not about eliminating binge foods but relearning how to incorporate them without shame or fear of scarcity. This may involve gradually reintroducing trigger foods or incorporating them into a balanced meal plan.

Crucially, seeking help for BED should not mean pursuing weight loss programs or surgery. Healing involves nourishing the body adequately, addressing emotional restrictions, and dismantling harmful beliefs around food and weight.

Shame often accompanies BED, perpetuated by societal misconceptions. Opening up about struggles with food and receiving empathetic support is essential to healing.

In summary, BED is a serious mental health condition often overshadowed by misconceptions. Understanding its complexity and seeking compassionate support are crucial steps toward recovery.



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Nikki LeToya White
Dr. Nikki LeToya White

About The Author:

Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director, and full-time board-certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC Art Wellness Studio, and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to the fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include an online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence-based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self-care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In living a life in recovery from sugar addiction. I love my low-sugar balanced lifestyle.

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Dr. Nikki LeToya White

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