BlackDoctor.org: How can a past binge eater prevent a binge relapse from happening?
Dr. Rachel Goldman: There is a negative emotion which usually precipitates a binge relapse. It can include having a bad day or sadness with something happening in your life. I liken the emotional aspect of binge relapse to kids acting out. When a person is impulsive, we may act out by eating. . This kind of eating is an irrational and impulsive act. When this happens, seek a better alternative.
BlackDoctor.org: If you have a friend or loved one suffering from disordered eating, what are some signs?
Dr. Rachel Goldman: If they isolate themselves, stop going to social functions where there is food because they feel people will judge how they eat or if they are excessively working out, these can be some signs. Also, if they constantly make excuses to get out of eating this can be another sign.
BlackDoctor.org: Where can a person turn to for help?
Dr. Rachel Goldman: I suggest they seek out a professional who specializes in weight management or disordered eating because everyone doesn’t treat or recognize [the] symptoms.
Dr. Goldman reiterates it’s important to remember that we’re all human and make mistakes. If you have a binge relapse, realize it’s over and move forward. Don’t beat yourself up. Get back on track immediately. Eat small healthy meals throughout the day to prevent the behavior from recurring. Your relapse doesn’t have to be an excuse to continue to binge later, and you don’t have to move forward alone.
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