4 Embarrassing Things Anyone with Binge Eating Disorder Can Relate to
Did you know the most common eating disorder in America isn’t Anorexia or Bulimia? It’s actually a newly recognized disorder known as BED, Binge Eating Disorder. More Americans struggle with BED than anorexia or bulimia combined! Approximately 3%-5% of the US population is affected. That’s a lot! And, it means that chances are you know at least 1-2 more people who are struggling with this disorder too.
Binge Eating Disorder
Unfortunately, even though BED is very common, it still comes with a powerful amount of stigma. People who become overweight because of the frequent binging have to face all kinds of discrimination in their day-to-day lives. It’s very easy to internalize that discrimination and start to believe the negative messages about our appearance, self-worth, intelligence, and so on.
The thing is, an eating disorder does not define us. Yes, binge eating disorder can make us do things we’re not proud of, but that’s true for any and all other forms of mental illness. It’s not cool to discriminate against people with depression, so why would it be okay to do so to people with BED?
In response to all of the stigma attached to BED, we’ve created a list of 4 embarrassing, but hilarious things that people do when they’re struggling with an active binge eating disorder. Our goal in doing so is to bring these silly, weird behaviors out into the open, so that we can all know that we’re not the only ones doing them. Hopefully, we can have a good laugh along the way too!
Without any further ado, let’s get started with the:
4 Embarrassing, but Hilarious Things that People do When They have Binge Eating Disorder
1. Coming up with the Sneakiest, most RIDICULOUS excuses for having so much food around
Most people don’t look around their friends’ or families’ kitchens and pantries and make personal judgments. However, that’s something we worry about when we have BED.
That’s because people with Binge Eating Disorder often stockpile an excessive amount of snacks and convenience meals in the house. Just one person with BED could keep enough food around for a whole family with kids. So, in order to hide the embarrassingly huge amount of food, we often come up with some wild excuses. Raise your hand if you’ve tried any of these:
- The grocery store was having a huge sale! I bought enough of [insert product] for a whole month!
- Yeah, I don’t know, my mom just brought so much extra food over. I don’t know how I’ll eat it all!
- I’ll be having a lot of guests over next week, so I bought some extra food for everyone.
2. Pretending to be Ordering for Someone else too
The oldest trick in the book. When someone wants to binge on fast food or takeout from a restaurant, they’ll often pretend to be ordering for a friend too.
For so many of us, the first thought that runs through our heads when we get to the cashier is “they can’t know I’m going to eat all this food myself!” So, we do things like:
- Pretend to talk on the phone while ordering. “Oh yeah, and my friend wants an extra side of mac & cheese too!”
- Ask for extra silverware
- Make up a whole story about bringing food to meet up with friends or coworkers.
3. Going Great Lengths to Hide the Evidence of a Food Binge
People with Binge Eating Disorder know that the post-binge feelings of shame are the WORST! Not only do we feel painfully full and upset with ourselves for overeating again, but we also feel bad looking at all the wrappers and containers leftover. In order to avoid being seen with all that trash, we have to make the “evidence” disappear.
Some people will sneak around at night with secret bags of trash. Others might pack their purses full of all the containers and wrappers and throw them away at work later. Some people have admitted to just shamelessly littering all their food trash if they knew someone might see it!
4. Hiding to Eat Alone in Secret at 2 AM
If we’re going to do something embarrassing, then, naturally, we’re going to do it alone in the middle of the night!
Pretty much everyone who’s struggled with Binge Eating Disorder has stayed up late to eat a ton of food without anyone else watching. Some people even set alarms for themselves to get up and eat before anyone else does. The sad thing is that even though we’re enjoying the food in the moment, after the binge, reality sets in fast. It doesn’t feel good to look up after finishing off a huge plate of food and remember that you’re creeping around in the night to hide a shameful secret.
Beat Binge Eating Disorder Today!
Nobody likes having binge eating disorder, but that can’t stop us from having a good laugh! Yes, these things are so embarrassing and shameful in the moment, but they are also quite funny in hindsight! Treatment for binge eating disorder can help us break free from that shame, and rebuild our confidence while we learn a healthier relationship with food. Remember, you’re not the only one; we’ve all done some weird stuff while binging.