Can’t stop binging on chips, cookies and more? This could be the reason why

Updated on:29 November 2019, 13:14pm IST
If you can’t help but reach out for snacks after eating heavy meals, even when you’re full, then you could be binge eating.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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If eat, eat, and repeat is becoming your mantra– then it’s time for a binge eating alert! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Sweet, salty, salty, sweet. Do you also food hop like this to satisfy your taste buds? If you nodded yes, then you could be falling into the trap of binge eating.

But how did it start? No idea? Then let us help you figure out the science behind binge eating.

Firsts things first: What is binge eating?
If you are overeating or over-drinking without keeping a count or paying heed to just how full you feel–then you could be binge eating.

If it is happening once in a while then you are good to go. However, if this what your daily diet looks like–you’re in trouble!

Wondering why you?
Well, the reasons can be numerous–but here we are listing out the top five reasons due to which you might be binge eating.

1. Blame it on those mean genes
Yes, binge eating can run in your family. A recent study done by the Boston University School of Medicine supports this claim too!

2. Ditching meals can make your situation worse
Skipping a meal or meals is a bad idea. You might be inclined to think that you are avoiding those extra calories–but, you’ll end up consuming more. Because that’s just what binge eating is.

3. Stress can amp it up too!
When you’re stressed, binge eating becomes a coping mechanism. When you eat good food you feel good on temporary basis. But after a while, you are back to square one and feel like eating again. The result? Binging.

4. Daunting depression can also be the cause
Now this is when binge eating begins to border on an eating disorder. Many a time, people suffering from depression try to numb what they’re feeling by eating. Needless to say that it’s not a good thing.

5. Blame it on your brain
Binge eating can also happen because of a chemical lochaa in your brain, because of which we take impulsive decisions–be it eating or shopping. We see binge eating as a solution to feeling happy and good about ourselves.

To know more about binge eating and how you can overcome it, watch the first episode in our series: Now You Know Why

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.