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Dear Dish-It: How Do I Stop Binge Eating?

Dear Dish-It,

Lately, I can’t stop eating. When I wake up in the morning, food is the first thing I think about. And while I’m eating, I think about what to eat next. I crave food all day long and will cancel plans with my friends just to watch TV and eat. I want to stop, but my mind won’t let me! Why is this happening to me and how do I stop?!

Food Machine

Dear Food Machine,

Believe it or not, binge eating is the most common eating disorder, and it usually starts when people are young. Not to scare you, but if your habits aren’t corrected, it could lead to obesity and other related health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, among others.

Why You’re Binge Eating

Everyone has a different reason for binge eating. Some causes include a lifestyle change, stress, boredom, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness or insecurities.

Food Addiction

If you’re feeling completely out of control and can think of nothing but food all day long, you may have a food addiction. Talk to your doctor and see how he or she can help. Also, talk to your parents. They can help you by regulating your food intake or by keeping only nutritional snacks in the house.

You Can’t Quit Cold Turkey

The tough thing about overcoming a food addiction is that, unlike other addictions, you can’t quit cold turkey. You need food to live. So in order to start fighting the constant cravings, you need to develop new healthy lifestyle habits:

Some Tips for Success

  • Choose sleep over eating when possible. People who sleep more tend to weigh less and, naturally, have less time for overeating.
  • Eat several small meals a day, including breakfast. Depriving yourself of breakfast will slow down your metabolism and lead to binging later on.
  • Exercise. This will improve your mood and decrease stress levels.
  • Distract yourself. Whenever thoughts of food pop into your head, force your mind to shift to something else.
  • Stay out of the kitchen. Unless your body tells you it’s hungry, steer clear of rooms that contain food.
  • Conquer boredom. Find a new hobby or activity that you enjoy doing, preferably an active one. This will give you less time to sit around thinking about food.
  • Don’t watch TV while you eat. TV can be so distracting that you keep eating until the end of a show, even if you’re full. Force yourself to eat in silence and eventually you’ll get bored.
  • Keep a food journal. Keeping track of your food intake will encourage you to eat less.

Have Your Say

Do you have any advice for Food Machine? Leave your comment below!

 

 

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@rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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