We’ve all done it — You’re sitting watching your favorite TV show and all of a sudden you feel your hand hit the bottom of the bag. Personally, my main culprit is Cheez-its. Put a box in front of me and I would eat the whole thing effortlessly (the super-size box, might I add.) I swear, those things are sprinkled with crack, not MSG.
There’s a big “no duh” moment here- I’m sure all of us can agree that finishing a whole bag of
delicious processed food is not healthy. But did you know there’s actually a disorder associated with this habit? (I know what you’re thinking… Me? Disorder? No way.) If you find yourself at the bottom of a chip bag more often than not, however, you may have what we call Binge-Eating Disorder.
This doesn’t apply to those of us who go back for seconds of thirds of our favorite dishes on occasion. Or those of us who are die-hard Cheez-it lovers that can’t resist those little orange demons every once in a while. This applies when overeating crosses the line and becomes a serious condition. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:
- Eating unusually large amounts of food.
- Continuing to eat when you’re not hungry.
- Eating until uncomfortably full.
- Feeling depressed, ashamed or guilty after eating large amounts.
- Losing and gaining weight repeatedly (yo-yo dieting)
If any of these symptoms reign true, it may be time to seek out help. If seeking help from a doctor seems to intimidating, talk to a friend or loved one. Untreated, binge-eating disorders can lead to further eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Consuming large amounts of food on a regular basis can lead to weight gain, depression, heart disease, diabetes, headaches and high cholesterol to name a few.
Take comfort in this: You’re not alone and the problem is easily treatable. By seeking out the help of loved ones or a physician, you are benefiting your body and health both short and long-term. Remember that it’s perfectly OK to go back for seconds (or thirds) occasionally and to not deprive yourself completely of foods that you love. Love your body and it will love you back!