8 Habits That Make Binge Eating Disorder Worse - Dr. Julie Friedman on Bustle.com
Like clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder, binge eating disorder (BED) is a mental illness that is totally misunderstood by many people. Sadly, some still think that a person with BED is merely gluttonous and isn't capable of managing their eating habits. (A guy once who said to me that a woman with BED just needs to "stop eating so many muffins." I made it a point to never be in the same room with him ever again.)
Anyone suffering from BED knows that this disease is about way more than self-control. The American Psychiatric Association labels BED as an eating disorder alongside the likes of anorexia and bulimia. It affects more than seven million Americans and its physical consequences include unhealthy weight gain, diabetes, and kidney failure. It's often linked to other mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The stigma that still exists around BED (and all eating disorders, for that matter) can feel suffocating, but there are people and organizations out there working to demolish the taboo that still lingers.
In addition to seeking sustainable treatment, there are a lot of small things people with BED can do on the daily to cope with their illness. Even a habit as small as talking with your friend can help you manage what would otherwise feel like a monster of a disease. Bustle spoke with Julie Friedman, Ph.D., licensed health psychologist and Vice President of the CORE (Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort) Program at the Colorado based Eating Recovery Center. Dr. Friedman says, "Many... patients with binge eating disorder are really isolated. You can't recover alone and you can't recover in a bubble."
Take it from someone who has battled BED since her high school days and has gone through several different kinds of treatments: the littlest habits can be the difference between feeling totally out of control and feeling like BED is as manageable as anything else in life. Here are eight habits that make binge eating disorder worse.
ERC Insight's Julie Friedman, PhD, Vice President, CORE (Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort) was recently featured in an article on Bustle.com discussing Binge Eating Disorder.