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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Below is the video transcript:

Today I want to talk a little bit about binge eating disorder. Maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven’t, or maybe you have and you’ve wondered  if you have it. Hopefully today I will answer your question if that’s you. So real quick, this probably will surprise you, but binge eating disorder is actually the most common eating disorder. An estimated 2.8 million people in America have it and it’s actually three times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined.  So it’s actually a very common eating disorder and a lot of people don’t even meet full criteria but definitely have some symptoms of it.  

So what is it? Let’s talk about that. First, as the name implies, binge eating disorder involves  binge eating. Now, binge eating as more than just, “Oh, I overate–I had a little too much.” No, this is eating a very abnormal amount of food in a limited amount of time. So you’re going to be very uncomfortable–way past the point of fullness. Other symptoms of binge eating are bingeing in shame, excuse me, bingeing in secret, and then having intense feelings of shame as well as a feeling of being out of control. So not feeling like you can control the binges. 

So here’s the thing that might surprise you. The thing that mostly perpetuates binge eating is restricting and dieting. It makes sense why we would do that after we binge if we’re worried about gaining weight or how it’s going to affect our bodies. We feel guilty so we try to “make up” for it by not eating as much later that day or the next day. But the truth is that actually perpetuates the binge eating cycle.

I know it’s not easy to think about giving up dieting and restricting when you’re so worried about weight, and that’s the topic for another video but if you  questions about binge eating binge eating disorder, please reach out to me and let me know–I’m happy to answer your questions. You can check out my website, there’s information on there plus a resource section for some books and podcasts.  You can also check out NEDA’s website, the National Eating Disorder Association, there’s good information on there. Food freedom awaits! I know it’s not easy to get there but it’s worth it, I promise. Take care and have a great day!

P.S. Check out this post for more info on the restriction-binge cycle.


Much love,
Cherie Signature


I’m Cherie Miller, MS, LPC-S, founder of Nourished Soul Center for Healing and @foodfreedomtherapist on Instagram. We offer therapy and nutrition counseling for chronic dieting as well eating disorders like Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, ARFID, and other food issues. As anti-diet professionals, we are passionate about intuitive eating and Health at Every Size philosophies. Contact us here to schedule a therapy or nutrition appointment.


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