It’s been a while since we’ve posted on this topic, so this week we’re bringing back a blog post on the similarities between Binge Eating Disorder and Anorexia…
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Anorexia appear to be on opposite ends of the eating disorder spectrum: BED is characterised by a compulsive relationship with food resulting in periods of uncontrollable eating/bingeing, whilst Anorexia is characterised by obsessive thoughts about weight and appearance, and compulsive behaviours around food leading to the restriction and a potential bingeing/purging pattern.
One involves the consumption of food and the other involves the denial of food – so the assumption is that they must hold little similarities. However, these illnesses may not be so different as initially thought.
Both are mental illnesses that revolve around a preoccupation with weight, an obsession with appearance and are associated with low self-esteem and negative self-beliefs. Sufferers with both BED and Anorexia tend to judge themselves by what they eat and look like, and their ability to control what they eat and look like. Just like people suffering with Anorexia, people suffering with BED use food as a coping mechanism for deeper problems, feelings and emotions.
“I’ve never met someone suffering with BED that hasn’t tried to heavily restrict their food on a regular basis” – Emmy Brunner.
At Recover, we try to address these deeper problems, feelings and emotions at the core of the eating disorder and help sufferers through their journey to reach freedom, happiness and peace.