I have a project coming up for one of my classes and the assignment is to pick a habit of yours that you dislike and try to change that habit during the semester. You will be using a self-help book and incorporating what you learned throughout the course to devise a plan of action on how to change that habit.
After thinking about this project I decided to not only do the project but do it all the way. As a matter of fact I think this could be a great project for just about anyone, you don’t need to be in the class to participate. Do we ever really look at our problems and analyze the issue or do we just try to “get over it?”
I know I have a problem with food but I never really knew exactly what the problem was or what it was called or if it really even had a name. After searching online for exactly what I see going on with myself I realize my problem and boy does it have a name. I am a binge eater. After reading what are symptoms of Binge eating disorder you would have sworn they wrote this for me like someone was peeking through my window and saw exactly what was going on.
Here are the symptoms:
Behavioral symptoms of binge eating and compulsive overeating
§ Inability to stop eating or control what you’re eating
§ Rapidly eating large amounts of food
§ Eating even when you're full
§ Hiding or stockpiling food to eat later in secret
§ Eating normally around others, but gorging when you’re alone
§ Eating continuously throughout the day, with no planned mealtimes
Emotional symptoms of binge eating and compulsive overeating
§ Feeling stress or tension that is only relieved by eating
§ Embarrassment over how much you’re eating
§ Feeling numb while bingeing—like you’re not really there or you’re on auto-pilot.
§ Never feeling satisfied, no matter how much you eat
§ Feeling guilty, disgusted, or depressed after overeating
§ Desperation to control weight and eating habits
All of these things are exactly like me… to the letter! I eat when I am sad, depressed, lonely, I never feel satisfied no matter how much I eat, I always eat normal when people are around but as soon as I am alone I eat like a wild boar. Although I am not proud to admit all of this I am excited that I can have a name to associate with it and maybe understanding it is a way of dealing with it, and changing it.