Binge Eating




I started binge eating when I was in elementary school--probably at around age 9 or 10. It started by sneaking food and eating when nobody was around; and then progressed to eating very large volumes of food very quickly when I was alone. I've recently discovered through months and months of therapy what it is that caused me to start binge eating so long ago. You can find the specifics here, but it was related to my recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder.

Now that I've gotten a handle on my bipolar and I'm on the correct medication, I'm doing much better. I haven't binged at all since my diagnosis. There are several habits I've developed over the years of weight loss and binge eating/restricting, etc. I've written a four part series that is all about binge eating--basically everything I know and all the advice I can give. If you're looking for info about binge eating, I highly suggest starting with those posts, linked below.

Keep in mind that I am not a medical professional, so take this advice at your own risk. These are things that helped me, personally, and they may not work or be appropriate for everyone. I struggled for (and still do occasionally) nearly my entire life with binge eating, so if there is anything I can do to help someone else feel less alone, I'll do it--which is why I've written this series. This is my story and my history, so I hope that from sharing those pieces of me, other people can benefit from it.

A Series on Binge Eating, Part 1:
  • My personal history with binge eating;
  • The definition of binge eating disorder--B.E.D. 
  • The difference between binge eating and overeating
  • The thought process of a binge from personal experience
A Series on Binge Eating, Part 2:
  • Binge "triggers"--what causes binge eating to start?
  • Emotional eating, and how it plays a role in binge eating
A Series on Binge Eating, Part 3:
  • The two main habits I've developed that have helped me to stay binge-free
A Series on Binge Eating, Part 3 (continued):
  • Other tips that may (or may not) help others; but it's important to find what works for YOU
A Series on Binge Eating, Part 4:
  • Getting back on track after a binge
  • Preventing binge eating through balance

And here are some posts I've written in the past about binge eating, although most (if not all) of the info is in the above posts:

August 2011: F.A.Q. #3: How did you stop binge eating?
December 2011: Physical signs from my body that I've eaten too much
March 2012: Anxiety Binge Eating
August 2012: A Little of My History
September 2012: An autopsy photo of someone who binged before death
February 2013: Causes of My Binge Eating
March 2013: How I've Stayed Binge-Free for Six Months
July 2013: Tips for the Slippery Binge Slope
January 2014: Brain Over Binge




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