Last weekend at my last high school winter formal I chose this tight dress that I never would have felt comfortable wearing before. This year i was able to put it on happily and enjoy the night. Do you know what the difference is? It isn’t weight or body fat percentage: it’s confidence. I refuse to let my weight be an obsession anymore. Am I going to continue working towards a healthier, fitter life? Absolutely. But am I going to spend my time shaming myself into healthy decisions with body hatred? never again. I want to let myself feel beautiful and confident no matter what I’m wearing or how much I weigh.
If you are overweight or struggle with weight take a second to read this. Being overweight is not the problem, it’s the symptom. Instead of asking yourself why you can’t stick to your diet try asking yourself why you are overeating. What emotions and situations led to your binge. Binge eating disorder is a serious problem that is more common then anorexia and bulemia combined. However it is hugely underdiagnosed because people feel that they are just lazy or lack willpower. Binge eating disorder has nothing to do with will power. It is a disease of the mind just like any other eating disorder. You can get help but the first step is to realize you have a problem. If you
*eat abnormally quickly
*consume large amounts of food without feeling physical hunger
*eat to the point of feeling sick
*feel ashamed or depressed after a binge
*binge eat at least two days a week for six months
*feel a lack of control or as though you are not present during a binge
*feel as though you can not stop a binge even if you want to
you may have binge eating disorder.These behaviors are not normal and they aren’t your fault. It’s important to get help. Binge eating disorder (BED) can lead to Type 2 diabetes, Gallbladder disease, High cholesterol, High blood pressure, Heart disease, Certain types of cancer, Osteoarthritis, Joint and muscle pain, Gastrointestinal problems, and Sleep apnea. Don’t let this disease control you, take control and get help.