Many people think that binge eating disorder is only for women. Binge eating disorder does not discriminate between men and women. The factors that cause binge eating disorder are the same in both men and women. Because of the misconception that it only appears in women, men often miss the signs. WebMD, an American health information media, introduced how to know when you have binge eating disorder and how to overcome it.
Men also try to look good, but binge eating disorder
The subjective image that an individual has of his or her body is called body image. It is not just a problem for women to accept the standard of beauty as it is through the media through generations and to perceive their body negatively.
Seeing the image of a slender or muscular man like a model overflowing, men also feel that their body is lacking somewhere. This can lead to bad habits that put you at risk for binge eating disorder.
Studies have shown that some men develop binge eating disorder after they start trying to lose weight.
It’s not a big deal to deviate from time to time, such as a bag of sweets or a few pieces of chocolate while on a diet to improve your appearance. However, occasional overeating and binge eating disorder are completely different. If you have binge eating disorder, you are more likely to repeat the cycle of uncontrolled food intoxication. After such a binge, you may feel shame and regret, and you may even hate yourself for what you have done.
Characteristics of men with binge eating disorder
So, what does binge eating disorder look like? According to the National Eating Disorder Association, people with binge eating disorder are more likely to:
△Eat more than most people eat at the same time △Eat out of control △Eat even when not full or hungry △Eat quickly when binge eating △Eat until full and uncomfortable △Sometimes secretly eat alone △Diet Repeated attempts and interruptions △ Sometimes feeling angry or anxious before binge eating
If you have binge eating disorder, it’s a good idea to first consult with a professional for treatment that can help you create new eating habits and change the thoughts and feelings that lead to binge eating. You may be prescribed medication if necessary.
The HAES (Health at Every Size) model is often used to treat binge eating disorder. Rather than emphasizing weight loss as a health goal, HAES is an approach that seeks to improve health and reduce negative perceptions of people who are overweight or obese by embracing the following four principles:
1. Accept your body size.
Know that some of the reasons for your body size are genes you inherit from your parents
2. Listen to the signals your body is sending you.
Wait for signals from your body when you’re hungry or calling. Learn how your body guides you to make the right decisions.
3. Build healthy habits Make exercise a fun activity.
Learn how to eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. It’s okay to occasionally eat less nutritious food, but maintain a healthy diet.
4. Recognize that each person has a different body type.
Support people who have bad feelings about their body.
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