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You Don't Know My Binge Eating Disorder

You Don't Know My Binge Eating Disorder

I find it annoying to no end when someone thinks they know my binge eating disorder, all by looking at my body, seeing me eat, or reading a blog article about my struggles. It never fails that someone gains a superficial amount of knowledge about me and decides that they know everything there is to know about me and my binge eating disorder. It would be wonderful if we could know all there is to know about a person based off of a few facts about them, but we can’t. No one can. No one knows someone else’s entire history based off of a few interactions with them.

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Being Body Positive When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Being Body Positive When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Staying body positive when you have binge eating disorder can be difficult. I have binge eating disorder and it has hugely impacted what my body looks like and how I feel about it. I have starved myself to 160 pounds, I have binged myself to 315 pounds, and I currently sit at a comfortable 210 pounds after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery and a lot of education about health and self-acceptance. I’m doing my best to be body positive in spite of binge eating disorder.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Hunger

Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Hunger

If you have binge eating disorder then you know compulsive hunger. This is not just hunger. It’s binge eating disorder’s hunger. This need to eat is not average, normal, or everyday. It’s an insistent, controlling, demanding order to eat food and not stop. Compulsive hunger is part of binge eating disorder.

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Skipping Meals When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Skipping Meals When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Skipping meals is something that a lot of people do but skipping meals when you have binge eating disorder is not going to help you manage the disease. It seems like everyone has to skip a meal at one time or another, whether they’re incredibly busy or they just forget to eat. But skipping a meal when you have binge eating disorder, as a long-term habit, is going to harm your body, not help it.

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How I Was Diagnosed With Binge Eating Disorder

How I Was Diagnosed With Binge Eating Disorder

My story of how I was finally diagnosed with binge eating disorder is a strange one. I had no idea I actually had a medical problem. After a lifetime of being raised on ideas that eating was easily controlled through willpower and your weight was a simple problem that the next fad diet could fix, I was inclined to think that my problems with food were down to my own lack of self-control. Receiving my binge eating disorder diagnosis was a complete shock.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Body Shaming

Binge Eating Disorder and Body Shaming

No matter who you are, whether you have binge eating disorder or not, you have witnessed or been the victim of body shaming. When you have binge eating disorder, however, body shaming can become internalized and a deeply-seated part of your illness. Body shame is everywhere in society and generally accepted when it comes to discussing larger bodies. But all hope is not lost.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Alcohol

Binge Eating Disorder and Alcohol

How does alcohol impact binge eating disorder? How does binge eating disorder impact your alcohol intake? This is going to be different for all individuals. However, psychiatric illnesses sometimes come with an increased risk of addiction. This risk can become even higher if there is a comorbidity with other diseases. But when you have binge eating disorder, drinking alcohol to cope with food anxiety can be a problem.

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Hydrating When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Hydrating When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

When you have binge eating disorder being dehydrated can result in overeating. By staying hydrated with tea you can be healthy and control your symptoms.

It’s easy to overlook hydration when you have binge eating disorder. It’s easy to overlook it when you don’t have binge eating disorder. However, hydration should be an important thing for everyone, especially when you have binge eating disorder as dehydration can lead to overeating.

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Binge Eating Disorder is a Real Illness

Binge Eating Disorder is a Real Illness

Binge eating disorder is a real illness. Shocking, I know. Something in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V) (the manual for psychiatric disorders), something that doctors, therapists, and other mental health professionals have been working with, something that has medication for it, is actually a real illness. Take your time, if you need some. I know this might be really startling. But stay with me; binge eating disorder is a real illness..

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Binge Eating Disorder and Medication Side Effects

Binge Eating Disorder and Medication Side Effects

Whenever you take medication, there can be side effects. When you have binge eating disorder, medication side effects are even more important to watch for.

When you have binge eating disorder you always have to be careful about what medications your take due to the medication side effects and your binge eating disorder. Some medications can have an impact on your metabolism or your appetite. Some can exacerbate symptoms from comorbid disorders that you have. In the end, everyone should be careful of what pills they take and what these pills can do to their bodies. But binge eating disorder and medication side effects are even more critical to consider.

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