How Taran Describes Binge Eating
After being diagnosed with binge eating disorder (BED), a health educator helped Taran with her recovery. This is how Taran explains what BED is, which she said is different from overeating:
"Binge eating is not just eating an entire box of macaroni and cheese once a week when you have a craving, or eating an entire bag of chips in one sitting. It's not just going out to eat and eating until you're stuffed," Taran said. "Binge eating is going to a fast food restaurant and ordering three adult-sized meals, with the drinks, too, and eating it all in a short amount of time, and then turning around and heading home to eat dinner with your family like nothing happened."
Or sometimes Taran said that having BED meant "having dinner with your family, and then lying about going to the store just to pull into another fast food joint and eat two more meals — on the same day that you have already repeated these actions for breakfast or lunch."
People with BED tend to consume a massive number of calories in a short window of time. Taran said she knows some people who struggle with it that have eaten over 6,000 calories in one sitting, and back in her worst years, she said she probably consumed the same.
Taran explained that when she was binge eating, she would stand in the kitchen, deciding to eat handfuls of anything that was open, feeling out of control, and not being able to stop. "It's eating until you are physically uncomfortable and feel a sense of shame and guilt – and you turn around and do it again in two hours, and then do it the next day."
"Binge eating disorder is not something that I ever knew about — I just thought I was alone and addicted to food. I had no idea how to break the cycle," Taran said.
"But it can be broken. I am human, and not perfect, and I definitely have moments where I give into weaknesses and binge on occasion. But taking control of my life, my health, fitness, wellness, weight – it all has given me the tools to overcome my eating disorder, and not be ashamed of my past either," Taran said.
"I was binge-free for almost eight months before I had an episode at the start of this year – and I have now been binge-free for two months! It's the little wins," Taran revealed.