Updated: Jan 27
The following are just some examples of possible causes of Binge Eating Disorder:
Eating too quickly, so that the stomach is full before the 'full stomach' signals can be received and acted upon by the brain - and the appetite suppressed. This could have been created when you were growing up, by your parents or siblings, putting pressure on you to eat fast or finish your meals.
Having a liking for a particular food or type of food, such that its very presence is irresistible. This could be because this particular food might have been given to you when you were growing up, when you were sad or upset. This then becomes your comfort food.
It can be a form of comfort eating taken to excess, where eating in that way provides some short-term pleasure and enjoyment. You may be trying to fill an emptiness that you are feeling inside.
It can be habitual, where the negative health consequences of binge eating have either not yet revealed themselves or haven't yet been noticed. It is a 'bad habit' that can be difficult to break.
It could also be, that at a deep level you could be trying to destroy yourself because you may feel unlovable or unworthy.
It can be ignorance. The binge eater simply doesn't realise the significance of what they are doing with regard to their long-term health.
It can be caused by being encouraged, as a child, to always eat and finish everything on your plate.
Some binge eating may be traceable to childhood experiences - such as having insufficient food in childhood, such that the behaviour of eating as much as possible, when food did become available, formed.
Others may have the feeling that they are completely powerless to prevent a binge from taking place - and, again, that feeling of 'powerlessness' may have formed and been established over the years through numerous episodes of binge eating.
Others may have been encouraged, in childhood, to always finish all of the food on their plate when young - and the habit has developed and grown stronger and more noticeable over the years into adulthood.
Others may find a particular comfort in eating some particular food that they formed a liking for in childhood - and that comfort may help them to feel better about some events that may have occurred, either recently, or at some time in the past.
These thoughts and ideas can be identified, and reversed where necessary, using a combination of Emotional Freedom Technique Hypnotherapy Treatment and Suggestion Hypnotherapy Treatment.
Binge eating is treatable, and most people eventually get better with appropriate help and support.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy treatment can work well as an alternative to other therapies and counselling.