People that are deemed medically overweight or obese have forever been encouraged to restrict their caloric intake to ‘take control’ and ‘manage’ their weight. When the body is in a chronic state of deprivation, bingeing will naturally occur.
‘When our bodies are in charge, we make choices that help us to feel good, eating what we want, when we want’
– Linda Bacon
Bingeing behaviors are prompted by physical vulnerabilities, emotional vulnerabilities or both, presenting simultaneously.
Food can provide emotional comfort and a numbing effect when eaten in a state that feels somewhat dissociative. Bingeing will often be described as a soothing, rewarding or relaxing mechanism for individuals who do not have effective strategies to manage uncomfortable emotions.