Binge eating is showing no connection with will power, instead it’s showing connections to nutrient deficiencies and dieting creating downward deficiency spirals. Patterns show a direct link to the frequency of dieting and the frequency of weight problems.

The more people cycle with diets the more their weight goes up, shame builds and prevalent problems take hold, says Amy Pershing an outpatient eating disorder specialist at a center in Annapolis, Maryland. Pershing specialized in binge eating, those who are chronic dieters and binge eating. Pershing suffered from an eating disorder herself and suffered in a quiet solemn world feeling alone and isolated until she read Geneen Roth’s book Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating.

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Pershing spoke recently at the Eating Psychology Conference 2014, where she said, “This is not an issue of will power. Learn some rules and apply them. The relationship with food is extremely powerful. Food can mean comfort, it can mean soothing, it can mean a boundary.”

Pershing goes on to say her patients often put other people above themselves and a binge is their only way to set their own boundary, a place to use control and a place to give themselves exactly what they want, when they want. “It’s a measure of trying to get needs met. It’s a way to take power back.”

Binge eating is frequent bouts of eating copious amounts of food. This is connected to strong feelings of shame and guilt. There are no coping skills. Genetics, trauma, epigenetics, environment, polycyclic ovarian disease, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, not getting your needs met and feeling powerless, along with stress, all can lead to binge eating.

“This is not a will power issue,” say Pershing. “Some of the people I see are the strongest people there are.”

Patients with eating disorders statistically suffered from weight related bulling 75% of the time.

Science Direct reported The Hudson Study, a national survey of eating disorders, unveiled shocking information saying, “Eating disorders show that binge eating disorder is more prevalent than either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.”

Pershing says recovery is doing what the person truly wants to do.

Often times binge foods are foods that contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates which often perpetuate cycles of opiates to the brain. This makes the cycle more difficult to stop. Click here to read more.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of GAPS, says binges are the main side effect of low blood sugar, a consequence of a low-fat diet. Click here to read more. Dr. McBride says there is a direct link between low intake of healthy animal fats and other good fats like coconut oil, grass fed butter or ghee and binge eating, drinking and drug use.

The underlying disorder is often the place to start, specific to each and every person. Causation and how the person thinks of themselves and their body is the foundation. Motivation through feeling valued and importance should take precedence to shut out the feeling of shame.

Feeding nutrient dense foods while working on the person’s individual value should take precedence on the road to recovery.

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