Though oftentimes not as talked about as eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, binge eating disorder can be incredibly debilitating for the person suffering. And unfortunately, this disorder also comes with many misconceptions about what the person suffering is going through.
Today, I’m detailing common misconceptions about binge eating disorder—including how you can get help and find food freedom!
Misconception #1: Binge eating is the same as eating a lot of food.
While you can eat a lot of food when you binge, just eating a lot of food doesn't mean you binged. For this reason, it’s SO important to recognize the difference between binge eating and overeating to determine when you should seek help. Check out this blog post for more information on the difference between binge eating, emotional eating, and overeating.
Misconception #2: Only people who are in larger bodies suffer from bingeing.
This is SO far from true! Like any other eating disorder, binge eating disorder can affect individuals of ALL shapes and sizes. One of the most harmful perpetuations of eating disorders is the stereotypes accompanying them, which can invalidate the sufferer's feelings and experiences and prevent them from seeking help.
Misconception #3: Binge Eating can be stopped by sheer willpower.
Like anorexia or bulimia (or like ANY compulsive disorder,) binge eating is not simply a choice made by the person suffering. It is not a simple choice to eat large amounts at once. It is a psychological disorder that should be addressed by a professional counselor and treated with therapy. If someone in your life (or you) are suffering from binge eating disorder, it’s important to remember that it is NOT your fault, and NOT something you can (or should have to!) endure alone.
Misconception #4: Binge eating only affects you physically.
While you can see the physical effects of this disorder, it is also important to note the incredible mental effect it can have. Because binge eating disorder often results in guilt, shame, and embarrassment, it can lead to depression, social isolation, and heightened anxiety. For these reasons, it is all the more important to seek help for binge eating disorder and set yourself free from the vicious cycle!
If you are currently suffering from binge eating disorder and are ready to seek help, you’re in the right place. My name is Ryann, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Nutritionist with a BA in Psychology, and have an MA in Professional Counseling! (So, yeah, I kind of know what I’m talking about. 😉) But, most importantly of all, I’m here to help you discover your food freedom and HEAL your mind and body so you can live life to the fullest!
If you’re ready to connect with me and learn more about how I can help, check out my services overview here. I can’t wait to hear from you!
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