There are times when one does not feel like touching food and times when no amount of it is enough. Multiple courses or many rounds of the same one does not matter. It is as if some gluttonous spirit has taken hold of us. However, that does not make us a binge eater. For a binge eater, the over-eating sessions are uncontrollable and extremely regular. Even if they go to bed day after day disgusted with themselves and their eating habits, they find it impossible to control.
Science says there are many reasons as to why people binge eat. They can be primarily classified into three buckets: biological, psychological and social/behavioral. The three kinds are exactly what they sound. The biological reasons include a particular kind of genetic mutation, low levels of serotonin and issue with the hypothalamus. On the psychological front, depression has been found to be closely related to binge eating. Other reasons are loneliness, low self esteem, body dissatisfaction, etc. The socio and cultural reasons run deeper. They have to do a lot with the people one surrounds oneself with and the image others tell us they have of us.
Here are a few pointers to help you with ways to prevent binge eating and increase your overall happiness. We shall look at each of them in detail one by one: