This week’s series is all about binge eating. I’m not just talking about eating a few slices of pizza. I’m talking about eating in a zombie-like state, well beyond physical hunger, to the point of physical discomfort accompanied by a complete sense of loss of control. This is a serious mental and physical health concern and is something I personally struggled with for over a decade, starting in my early twenties.
It turns out that I am not alone and if you currently struggle or have also struggled with binge eating disorder or episodes of binge eating, then you are not alone, either. This issue is likely way more common than fitness professionals like to admit. Binge eating disorder is actually considered the most common form of eating disorder, affecting both women and men, more than anorexia and bulimia combined.
The good news is that there are resources out there for treating and successfully moving away from binge eating. I’m excited that I can take my experience and the resources that helped me and in turn share them with you, if you or someone you love is struggling.
I’m going to be covering the wonderful work of Dr. Melissa McCreery this week. Her BEAST acronym is a great tool for breaking free from binge eating, compulsive overeating and emotional eating. This tool helps to identify, plan for and hopefully deal with overlooked triggers for overeating so that we can reduce or eliminate binge eating episodes. I’ve taken each letter of the acronym and filmed a one-minute video on Instagram (the videos are also on my page on Facebook).
We got this. Together, we’re going to break free from binge eating.