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Binge Eating Disorder

So I was watching something today, and I saw a listing for a mental disorder called B.E.D, Binge Eating Disorder. They featured people who were sharing their stories about how they could not control the desire to eat.

I binge eat, it has made me fat, and I know this. However, I have a hard time accepting this as a mental disorder. My background in the military, and in training, and life in general makes me a firm believer in dedication and discipline overcoming everything. However,  if I can accept anorexia, and bulimia as mental disorders, why not B.E.D? Perhaps it is because I am very hard on myself, and refuse to accept what I perceive as weakness.

In today’s society, I have found that the medical community tries to medicate us for everything. That’s not to say that this isn’t a proper disorder as there is plenty of evidence to back the claims. However, I don’t always trust the medical community. I have always opted to try and do things without medication.

Even when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and ended up in the hospital, I didn’t want to become a slave to those pills. I tried to do it with diet and exercise, but I had to accept that I needed the medication.

Would you be willing to ingest pills into your body, without knowing what they can really do to you? I try my best to avoid it, but as is evident by my blood pressure situation, sometimes it is necessary. Perhaps this is also the case for binge eating disorder?

What do you guys think about Binge eating disorder? Personally I am very skeptical, and I must be honest and say that I have a difficult time in accepting this as a mental illness. Hell, what do I know though. I have done reading on the topic, but not enough to consider myself an expert.

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5 years ago

I’m severely disappointed in this article. It’s one thing to hear about something and not agree with it yes, but could you not have done some research? “Bingeing” or “binge eating” CAN be done by anyone, yes. BED is something completely different. Did you know that there are plenty of sufferers who are not actually overweight? Did you know that sometimes people with BED will eat foods they don’t even like, or eat things other people threw away because they CANNOT stop themselves. Because it’s a compulsion. Now, in your “bingeing” that has led to you being “fat”, do you… Read more »

5 years ago

Also, BED isn’t treated with medication. It’s treated with therapy. So if that helps ease your mind a bit… 🙂

5 years ago

I agree that there is a lot more to an eating disorder than what meets the eye. Having suffered from clinical anorexia for a time in my life, I understand the importance of not only receiving therapy and/or life plans to get back on track, but also in educating yourself and others about the triggers. I definitely do not believe in attacking people for their lack of understanding about an eating disorder – that is very unkind and doesn’t solve anything. That said, Angel I am glad you are learning more about your challenges with food. Binging can definitely cause… Read more »

5 years ago

Except for what I’ve learned in school, I don’t know much about eating disorders. I’ve always heard that the first step is recognizing you have a problem. You’re making progress. Thanks for sharing such a personal story.


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