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Binge eating - long term effects

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 05, 2011 at 5:31 AM

Hi, Just wondering if someone could outline the longer term effects of binge eating on the body. Thanks

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on October 06, 2011
at 12:36 AM

and the s*its haha

E9959727c25c191ea9c4b614c012325d

on October 05, 2011
at 09:56 PM

kind words and great advice, thankyou.

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on October 05, 2011
at 09:54 PM

great answer. very contextual, well done!

E9959727c25c191ea9c4b614c012325d

on October 05, 2011
at 05:50 AM

likewise, the bloat in the days post is disgusting. I guess im just looking for a more scientific opinion on the damage it is doing.

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on October 05, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I think that it is pretty clear that humans, like all other animals, "binged" whenever the opportunity arose.

For example, hyenas can eat up to 1/3rd their bodyweight in a single feeding (~50lbs of meat, organ, marrow, etc.)

The question of binging should also include the question "binging on what?"

Our physiological regulation of hunger/satiety is designed for "paleo" foods, and as such, we hit a natural wall with the consumption of things like meat, salt, and overall food volume.

Processed foods, with much higher caloric densities, readily absorbed sugars, reduced water content, "flavor enhancers", and other devious substances subvert our bodies natural checks and balances.

Binging on steak is far different than binging on potato chips or ice cream.

Context is also important in how a "binge" impacts the body.

For example, someone following the Lean Gains protocol could be seen as "binging" if the overall context of the program isn't taken into account.

E9959727c25c191ea9c4b614c012325d

on October 05, 2011
at 09:54 PM

great answer. very contextual, well done!

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I think it depends on your definition of a binge and it also depends on how often you engage in it. For me, I think the psychological stress of a binge is far worse than any physical effect.

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on October 05, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I am not versed on this, but here are some ideas that immediately come to mind:

  • insulin issues
  • no rest for your organs, especially your digestive tract
  • increase in adipose tissue ---> leads to whole host of other problems
  • bad mood -- lethargy, irritability, etc.
  • probably offset omega 3/6 ratios -- this and adipose tissue increase will affect mood, joints, movement, and other things I can't think of at the moment ...
  • probably will have difficulty sleeping ... sleep is tied in immensely with cravings and amount of food consumption
  • your intestinal lining will be grumpy

mm ... okay ... the end

.... and yes .... I personify inanimate objects ...

Oh, additionally, LiamDownUnder: If you are having difficulty with binge eating I would recommend:

  • getting to bed at a decent hour, go to sleep when the sun goes down and getting up when the sun visits again (try valerian root if you can't get to sleep ... natural herbal sleep remedy)
  • if you can't handle sugar cravings, supplementing with 5-htp may help you out
  • increase your healthy fat intake to make sure you are satiated (e.g. avocado, saturated fat from animals, coconut oil, butter, EVOO)
  • mm, don't beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon, you've only failed if you don't get back up and keep trying

Hope that helped. ~Allie

E9959727c25c191ea9c4b614c012325d

on October 05, 2011
at 09:56 PM

kind words and great advice, thankyou.

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:40 AM

I think that depends on type of binge eating and frequency. I guess its not that harmful occasionally and it even might be positive. If you binge on carbs you will reduce your immunity acutely. If you binge on carbs chronically you may be on the road to hormonal disbalances. If you binge on fat, I guess it depends on what type of fat you eat: omega6-> inflamation for instance. ANY->endotoxin load.

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

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on October 06, 2011
at 12:36 AM

and the s*its haha

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on October 05, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I'm curious as well. I know for me the short term effects are obvious both internally and externally. I feel as gross as a McDonald's Happy Meal and my chiseled face is long gone the day after... :-( nothing else is too badly affected though.

E9959727c25c191ea9c4b614c012325d

on October 05, 2011
at 05:50 AM

likewise, the bloat in the days post is disgusting. I guess im just looking for a more scientific opinion on the damage it is doing.

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on October 05, 2011
at 05:35 AM

I would say at some point in a persons life weight gain and assuming that you are binging with at least some carbs it would be possible to get non-alcoholic fatty liver, insulin resistant, etc...

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