How can I resist binge eating after school?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 23, 2008 in Eating Disorders



When I come home from school, I always start to binge eat. I tried a few things like eating something that fills me, or not thinking about eating at all, but for some reason, I still go on to binge eat. Can you give me a tip to stop this habit?  I am a 17 year old girl, 180 cm (5’11”), and my goal weight is 60 kg (132 lb).


Answer

Binge eating is often a response to not eating enough food.  Eat 1700 calories everyday and see if you stop binging. You actually require 2100 calories a day to maintain your ideal weight of 68 kg (150 lb).  But if your calorie intake is already adequate, then look for a psychological reason to binge because binging is often used to cover up unpleasant feelings. When you get home from school and think about binging, ask if you are physically hungry, and if not, ask yourself what you are really feeling.  Express your feelings in a journal, through art or by talking with a trusted friend.  To understand more about binging, visit About.com.


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