Aloha girlies, it’s Alissa! I recently heard rumblings about a super common eating disorder that NO ONE is talking about. It’s called Binge Eating Disorder and apparently it’s THREE times more common than both anorexia and bulimia.
I know it’s hard to talk about eating disorders because it’s real heavy stuff, but I’m hoping that talking about it helps others share their stories and realize that they have a community here of self love and body positivity.
With this in mind, let’s talk about B.E.D. What even is it? Well it’s characterized by eating a LOT of food in a short period of time, like so much food that you feel sick, afterwards you experience extreme shame (without taking unhealthy measures) BECAUSE you ate all that food! Does that sound familiar? Because it does to me.
My weight fluctuates a LOT. I’m an eater, I eat when I’m stressed, bored, happy, sad – I eat a LOT and I don’t even notice it sometimes. I guess I don’t even really think of food as nourishment to keep my body going, but instead see it as something to do that feels good in the moment!
The sucky thing is that every time it happens, afterwards I think “Wow. I hate myself, WHY am I doing this?”. I try to stay on top of it by exercising regularly and refusing to allow snack foods in the house but somehow…I still end up zoning out with a pint of ice cream whenever my mood dips.
I didn’t realize that my relationship with food could be categorized as an eating disorder so when I found out about B.E.D I was honestly just SO RELIEVED. It helped just to know that I wasn’t alone, that someone else out there was feeling the exact same way as me.
That’s why it’s cool to hear each others stories about all kinds of mental health issues. It makes you realize that a lot of girls go through the same thing and they got through it! Which means you can too!
And even if you don’t struggle with E.D. I want to remind ALL you girlies that EVERY BODY IS A GOOD BODY.
If you or someone you know is struggling with B.E.D or other eating disorders, then it is important to get in contact with someone who can help. The National Eating Disorders Association has a toll-free hotline that you can call at 1-800-931-2237.
XOXO – Alissa