The Secret Life of the Binge Eater

Brain Over BingeAre you a secret binge eater?

There are many definitions of binge eating… it can be an actual eating disorder, or it can  describe  the behavior of many of my clients:

  • Eating large amounts of food
  • A couple of times a week
  • Feeling out of control, like you have no choice
  • And always with great regret and distress.

Is this you?

I am seeing more and more brilliant clients who are secretly obeying a strong urge to eat large quantities of food fairly often.

These women are eating compulsively… they get an urge to eat and once they start, the eating takes on a life of its own.

They are always disgusted with themselves and fear that something is wrong with them.

I know how they feel.

Because binge eating is something I used to do myself.

Many things can trigger a big eating session, and it’s hard to pinpoint and deal with each trigger.

So to deal with my own pain and the shame and pain of my clients, I researched and found some incredible answers in the world of brain science.

One of my favorite books about this behavior is Brain Over Binge, by Kathryn Hansen. Kathryn is not a coach, a psychologist or a researcher.

But she is someone who is fully recovered from Binge Eating Disorder, and has shared her story of recovery in the form of a memoir.

If you’ve ever felt like your eating was out of control, that once you started you couldn’t stop, or that you ate tremendous quantities of food, unrelated to your size or your hunger, you need to read this book.

I’ll be writing about binge eating for the month of September, so keep reading.

I’m here to help.


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2 Responses to “The Secret Life of the Binge Eater”

  1. Lilia Lee says:

    This a great article and a great subject.

  2. Thanks Lilia. This is so much more wide-spread than we thought.