Bingeing — what is it anyway?


I never thought there was a name for what I was doing…..  I just thought I liked to eat. A lot.  I had heard about eating disorders, but I didn’t have anorexia and most of the time I didn’t use compensatory measure.  I just ate lots…in one sitting. 

Then one day I learned that there was a title for this — bingeing — and that I wasn’t completely alone nor was I the only person on Earth who sat alone night after night disregarding plans, not wanting to go through the hassle of trying to find something in the closet that fit. 

I wasn’t the only person who sat on a couch with a spread of food, a decent party-style buffet, all for herself.   That may have been the moment I  realized I needed help but I wasn’t ready. 

This piece of writing was shared by Jace.

What happens for us to decide to help ourselves?  How can we move from a place of isolation to a place of knowing that it is time…

  • Time to take the risk of reaching out to someone else
  • Time to know that doing it alone is not longer working

Time to believe I am worth it

  • Worth caring for
  • Worth noticing that I have needs too

You don’t have to do this alone.  It is ok to reach out.  Know that there is treatment for bingeing even if you didn’t know that it had a name.

Who can you reach out to today?




One response to “Bingeing — what is it anyway?”

  1. Jill says:

    I think one of my biggest take-aways from Green Mountain was how essential it was to add joy into my life. Adding joy, and subtracting things that don’t add joy is what I’m working on now. Also, finding joy in the things I cannot subtract…

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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