Binging – The New Enemy
May 25, 2007
There are times when we indulge in food just because we feel like it. It is not always related to hunger. A bite of something sweet or crunchy elevates us. In simple terms this is called binging or compulsive overeating. It satisfies our emotional instability such as sadness, loneliness or simply boredom. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we have finished eating a whole cake or even a box of chocolates. Later, we may feel guilty but the damage is already done.
This is more predominant in women than men. Binging slowly leads to overweight and then obesity is the next stop. This eating disorder can be detected and can be cured under medical supervision. The cause is more of an emotional kind than a physical one. Studies have shown that one fourth of people who are obese have binge eating disorder. It is not diagnosed because people are not aware of it.
Understanding the root cause of this problem can help us conquer the enemy.