Emotional eating, disordered eating, and eating disorders are commonly used interchangeably. And although they all have similarities, there are huge differences between them. Let’s delve into them all!
We don’t always eat to just satisfy physical hunger. Eating in response to uncomfortable or negative emotions is normal and okay. When we start eating, happy feel-good hormones are released in our brain.
Occasionally using food as a pick-me-up, reward, or to celebrate an occasion isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, when eating is your primary way of emotional coping with uncomfortable emotions, this cycle can well and truly develop into a more serious issue.
I wrote another blog post on whether overeating is normal here
Binge Eating Disorder:
Binge eating is defined as eating a significantly larger amount of food than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances. During a binge, a person feels out of control or feels that they can’t stop eating. Some describe it as a trance-like state.
The most effective treatments for eating disorders typically involve some form of psychotherapy or counselling with a medical and nutrition support component from an accredited practising dietitian.
If you think you are struggling from binge eating disorder, I highly suggest reaching out to professional support from a dietitian!
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