Binge eaters with bad eating habits and those who are overweight sometimes ask ourselves “Why am I so hungry?” In my case Binge Eating Disorder was bad enough but I also struggled with feeling hungry all the time and was angry at myself for feeling that way. How could I possibly be hungry after having downed 10,000 calories the night before? Why am I so hungry when I just ate dinner an hour ago? Maybe you have or had some of these same struggles? If so then please read on.
Here is a very eye opening article published August 13, 2012 in the New York Times Health Blog by Abby Ellin talking about Binge Eating Disorder in men and profiling Andrew Walen. Andrew Walen is a recovered male binge eater as well as a psychotherapist. In this article and in a related TV interview on the Today show back on August 20, 2012 he discusses his own struggles and challenges with Binge Eating Disorder and Binge Eating in Men.
- Read the full NYT article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/binge-eating-among-men-steps-out-of-the-shadows/
- Watch the TV Interview: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/48724067#48724067
As I mentioned in my last podcast, show #5, this week was a week of firsts for me. One of those “firsts” was being interviewed by John Bukenas on his podcast Let’s Reverse Obesity. If you’ve not heard John’s podcast yet and you’re trying to work on weight loss I recommend you take a listen.
You can hear John interviewing me by clicking here to go to Let’s Reverse Obesity: Show #6.
In an article posted by NPR on Dec 11th titled Kids’ Eating Binges Could Signal Other Problems Ahead by David Schultz, it says:
Children between the ages of 9 and 15 who went on eating binges at least once a week were roughly twice as likely to use marijuana or to show strong signs of depression as those who didn’t.
Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen was a life changing book for me. I credit it as being the final piece of the puzzle that helped me completely stop binge eating. If you’re a binge eater like I was and have been working on your problem for awhile but just can’t seem to get over the final few hurdles to stop binge eating for good then I strongly recommend you read this book. This is one of those rare books that goes right to the heart of the matter for many of us binge eaters.
Trying to stop binge eating disorder is not as easy as simply stopping the eating behavior. That’s because binge eating has now been proven to be an addiction. The University of Texas at Dallas had several researchers study the MRI scan results of people who are binge eaters. Their findings show that the brains of people who binge eat react just like those of a drug or alcohol addict does when given foods they crave.
Here are two excellent links to the UTD articles and details behind what they discovered:
I want to personally thank you for helping to make The Quit Binge Eating Podcast so successful so quickly! After only three episodes starting in November we’ve already made it onto the iTunes New & Noteworthy Health Podcast Page. I’m thrilled!!! I can’t say thank you enough for all you’ve done in listening and sharing the podcast with others.
Perfect Illusions, a PBS documentary on Eating Disorders, posted some common characteristics of male binge eaters. It’s a very solid list that all guys who think they might be Binge Eaters should read. There are several items on that list many guys could identify with.
Just wanted to share a great article posted the other day over at Eating Disorder Hope’s blog talking about how men are affected by and cope with eating disorders like Binge Eating Disorder. Great analysis of why men don’t seek help for their problems due to stereotypes men themselves have about this help. I recommend all guys take a quick read.
EDNOS stands for Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (See Wikipedia Article). This is an interesting ABC Nightline report on people who fall through the cracks and are not formally diagnosed with a single eating disorder because they don’t meet specific diagnostic thresholds. Up to 12M women apparently have this disorder.
Binge Eating and Binge Eating Disorder are very common eating problems that affect both men and women. People who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder frequently overeat and the problem feels uncontrollable. Asking “what is binge eating” is not a simple question — it can be very challenging to overcome.
What Is Binge Eating — Beyond Overeating
Binge Eating and Binge Eating Disorder go far beyond overindulging in an occasional meal or two. People who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder regularly eat large amounts of food at one time (far beyond a normal meal) and usually do it when they are alone and possibly feeling a bit down.
If you already read my story [Click Here to Read My Story Now] you know that I used several different techniques and personal improvement approaches to finally stop binge eating. After going the first month without a single binge I reflected on why I was finally successful and how my new strategy was working for me. I drew it on a sheet of paper and taped it to my wall. Since I’m also a nerd I immediately saw how this strategy was the same general strategy I used when I played tower defense video games (my favorite). That kept me motivated and I practiced the strategy daily to keep from binge eating again.
I’ve continued to use the tower defense strategy to this day. I’ve remained almost completely binge free (I’m not perfect either) and I’m getting physically healthier bit by bit each month. Since it’s been working so well for me I thought I would share it with everybody else. I took the time to slightly update my original drawing and explained each piece of it in detail below. I’m sharing it in hopes that it might help others who are struggling with or who are also recovering from Binge Eating Disorder.