Your Food Bully And Binge Eating

Many of us have a food bully. It lurks in the shadows waiting to pop out at a moment’s notice. It encourages us to keep eating past the point of fullness and inevitably throws many of us into the binge eating cycle. Have you ever wondered why you can’t stop yourself when you are in this spiral? It is because your food bully has been speaking to you. It generally starts as a whisper….”you shouldn’t eat that”. At some point, the bully escalates, “you’re too fat already.”, “if you eat that, you are a failure/loser/fill in the blank”. The bully’s voice gets louder and louder. As you can see, this bully is abusive. You can’t win with the food bully. Nothing you do will be good enough unless you are perfect in your diet, which is never possible! Once the bully starts yelling, we typically shut down. For those of us who struggle with binge eating, this is the fuel needed to be swept away with the urge. It feels like the only option to stop the barrage of abuse in our heads. It is the only hope to feel numb. At some point, we don’t even want to keep eating, but once the binge cycle starts, we feel powerless to get out. After the binge, the food bully is right there again. It isn’t comforting us and encouraging us to nurture ourselves. No, it is at a full blown screech. The verbal abuse is overwhelming. This can drive us further into eating or we decide to go on a diet. Yes! That will solve everything. I will go on a diet and redeem myself! Sound familiar? There are a couple of issues with this plan. That diet will only shut the food bully up for a few minutes. It will quickly be back in your ear chirping to let you know that you haven’t dieted perfectly. You will quickly feel like like you can’t do anything right. The binge eating cycle starts, yet again. Instead of just trying to avoid this bully, learn to fight back! Call us today to learn more about how our powerful therapy techniques can help you take your power back from this bully to finally stop binge eating in its tracks!

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.


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