Holidays Binge Eating

A lot of people think and live life around matters like losing weight and beauty. Others have serious eating disorders resulting from the stereotype of what beautiful is. There are serious mental health issues that result in binge eating, bulimia and anorexia. But a lot of people without an eating disorder question their overeating during the holidays. How serious is it to overeat during the holidays? Some people ask themselves if they have a problem with binge eating. Well, overeating during the holidays is more normal than not. This small write-up will give a snapshot of the differences between overeating and binge eating.

More and more we hear on the news how Americans are becoming overweight. However, the flip side is that more and more Americans are also becoming more conscious with their eating habits. Eating healthy and having “off days” or “off meals” also known as “cheat” days or meals are becoming the norm. Those cheat meals are more often done during the holidays. Halloween just passed, thanksgiving is coming up as well as Christmas. People usually overeat on those occasions. However, having an eating disorder is another level of “over eating”. Psychcentral made this list that could clarify the difference between overeating and binge eating:

  1. The binge eating episodes occur regularly, at least twice a week for six months.
  2. The binge eater finds the episodes very upsetting. If there is no emotional upheaval over the meal, it is not a binge eating disorder.
  3. The binge eater does not like to eat in public. To him, eating is a private behavior. To most other people, eating and mealtime is a time to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family.
  4. The binge eater does not feel normal physiological cues like hunger and being full. He eats more from emotional cues, such as anger and sadness.

So if you take care of your health by eating right and exercising, have a cheat moment and do not focus on how much you overeat, but enjoy the company of family, friends, and loved ones. If you think you or a loved one has a problem, call us, eating disorder are treatable and we may help.


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