Binge eating

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Binge eating

Hi. I have a problem with binge eating.
In high school, I ate whatever I wanted whenever and I was completely fine - never was unhappy with my body. But as soon as college came around I started gaining weight like crazy. I hated it so much and the stress made me binge even more. At a certain point I tried all sorts of dieting. but they never really stuck and it always back fired. So, I told myself not to deprive myself but just make smarter decisions. And I would. For a couple of days. Because my whole family has a fast metabolism (especially my mother) there is always junk food at the house. So sometimes when someone offered me a bite, all hell would break loose and I would binge to the point where I felt sick. Though I don't purge, I always feel so guilty and worthless afterwards. Food is constantly on my mind and I always fell crappy. Can anybody talk to me about how to deal with it when support in the family is nonexistent? Having these kind of food related issues is considered taboo in my family. I want to get better. I want to feel good about my body. Somebody please help me.

Hi mrn1224,

Thank you for sharing some of your story here. I'm sorry to hear about how much you've been dealing with. I think a lot of people here on Proud2Bme can relate to your experiences. Transitioning to college is already a really hard time, so adding these additional stressors must make things really trying. Please know that recovery is possible. I encourage you to look for some kind of a professional (therapist, psychologist, nutritionist, support group) who specializes in EDs who can help you. A good starting point would be to contact the NEDA Helpline (you can call or chat online: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/information-referral-helpline ). They can help you find resources near you. You might also see if your college/university has resources available through the student health center or psychology department clinic. Many schools have free or discounted services available to students. You could even talk to your general practitioner or primary care physician about your ED symptoms and see what they recommend.

It also might be useful to look into self-help and self-care resources. Here's a page from the NEDA website that might be of use to you: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/self-care-master-post . There are many self-help books and apps, too. Some of those are listed here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/resource-links . 

If you don't feel like you can talk with your family about what you're going through, try to see if there are other people in your life that you can look to for support. Do you have a partner, friends, or extended family who you could talk to about this? If you do decide to talk with your family, NEDA has some great resources that might help them understand. I think a lot of the stigma around EDs comes from people not having all the facts. Resources like the Parent Toolkit (not just for parents) are really helpful: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/parent-toolkit  You don't have to go through this alone. Those of us here on Proud2Bme are here for you, and you have lots of resources at your disposal. 

It's great that you want to get better and that you're reaching out. Keep moving forward! Let us know if you have other questions or if you need additional support. And please keep us updated! We care about how you're doing. :)

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