Binge eating: Myths

Myths associated with excessive and uncontrolled eating:


  • Myth: All overweight people suffer from this eating disorder.

The truth is that obesity is not just caused by overeating. Yes, this type of diet can lead to excess weight gain, but at the same time not all people who suffer from hyperphagia are overweight. In addition, obesity occurs not only as a result of regular overeating, but a reason could be a number of other health factors.

  • Myth: It only affects women.

This is a complete misconception. And it’s not just about overeating, but also about other eating disorders. It is estimated that between one-third to one-half of cases of “emotional overeating” occurs in men. Eating disorders, as well as all others, do not select by gender, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, etc.

  • Myth: Overeating as an eating disorder is not as dangerous as bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

All eating disorders put at risk both the mental and physical health of those affected. Overeating is just as dangerous as anorexia and bulimia. It can lead to cardiovascular problems, breathing and sleep problems, diabetes, and to “unlock” or “to be unlocked” by a wide range of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others.

  • Myth: People suffering from this eating disorder simply do not have enough will and desire.

Although this exaggeration may seem voluntary, as one’s own choice or even a manifestation of gluttony, in fact it’s the opposite. People going through such episodes try to atone for their “sins” by starting to follow diets and limit themselves to certain foods. But it is precisely the foods that they try to limit and eliminate from their menu that become the most desired and coveted. Which makes this restriction almost impossible, and the cycle of uncontrolled eating, guilt, shame, and decision to change is in most cases repeated over and over again.


Possible treatment:

Treatment options include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, weight loss therapy, and medication. These opportunities can be done individually, but can also be done in a group setting or in a self-help format.

Some people may need to include only one type of therapy, while others may need to try different combinations until the appropriate form is found. A medical or mental health professional can provide advice on choosing an individual treatment plan.

Learning not to judge yourself is essential to developing and maintaining a more positive and accepting attitude towards yourself – one of the most important building blocks of self-esteem.



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