Keeping Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms In Your Closet
You can find binge eating disorder symptoms in your closet, too. Binge eating disorder (BED) can impact your weight, and by extension, the size and shape of your body. When your body changes shape you need new clothes. Whether losing or gaining weight, your closet might end up a mismatch of clothing. So, when you have BED, you might have a troubled relationship with your closet because your binge eating disorder symptoms live there, too.
Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms And My Size 10-20 Closet
Currently hanging in my closet are clothes ranging from size 20, when my binge eating disorder was at its worst, to a size 10, when I was on starvation diets. I didn't mean to end up keeping all of these clothes. But sometimes things get shoved to the back and I don't have the time to sort through them. So, I ended up with all of these clothes, most of which probably don't fit.
It's expensive to make an investment in clothes, and over the years, I've hung onto articles of clothing that don't fit me, just because I don't feel as if I've gotten enough use out of them. I've also hung onto dresses, such as my binge eating victory dress, all in the hopes that I would one day fit back into them. But considering the only time in my life I got down to a size 10 was through a starvation diet, I don't think I'm going to bother keeping those around.
Stop To Think If Your BED Symptoms Impact Your Closet
If you have binge eating disorder and its symptoms are starting to impact your closet, take a moment to think about what's going on. Are you losing weight or gaining? Is medication impacting your weight? Are you going through an anxious time that is causing you to gain weight? Are you losing weight through unhealthy means, such as fad dieting?
If your weight is being impacted by more than the regular ebb and flow of the human body, go to your support system and get treatment for your binge eating disorder. Talk to your binge eating disorder therapist, lean on your friends and loved ones when you're struggling, and talk to your doctor about why you are gaining or losing weight.
What To Do When BED Symptoms Cause Closet Chaos
So you're getting help for your binge eating disorder, but your closet is still suffering? None of your clothes fit. What do you do? Very few people have the money or time to go out and purchase a new wardrobe whenever they gain or lose weight. What do you do to save time and money?
I highly recommend thrift shopping. My family has always been one to thrift and when I started losing weight, three years ago, due to my gastric weight loss surgery, I found it invaluable. I could purchase clothing in a variety of sizes, all for a fraction of the price of traditional retail clothing.
Not to mention that thrifting is really fun. You can find all kinds of things in a thrift store and with a little bit of patience, can come across some fantastic treasures. After I recovered from breast reduction surgery I finally got some clothing in my size. I filled out my wardrobe and didn't break the bank.
Video: Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms and My Closet
LaBranche, S. (2015, October 31). Keeping Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms In Your Closet, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 13 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bingeeatingrecovery/2015/10/video-binge-eating-disorder-and-your-closet
Author: Star LaBranche
Even after gastric sleeve, I have been terrorized by BED. I did great for a while. I made it down to 196. That was a year ago. Now, I am 220. I gained back the hardest to ever lose 20 pounds. I am so ashamed. I don't like what I look like or what my body is doing in response to the rapid weight gain. I know part of this is the change in meds, but I should have been able to deal with it. Like I said, I am not ashamed to be around people who have known me for a long time. I just feel like they are discussing my fall off the wagon into a vat of fat. Things have been very stressful and disheartening lately.
I'm so sorry to hear that you're struggling. Do you have a therapist or medical professional you can talk to?
I think it's very important to remember that this is a mental illness. This isn't a lack of character or willpower. This is your brain conspiring against you. This isn't a simple or easy thing to deal with.
Best of luck.