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Monica Seles and Binge Eating

April 27, 2009

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Eating disorders are a big concern in America. They can come in the form of starvation or, doing the exact opposite, binging.

When we habitually overeat, a high proportion of our available energy is always directed towards digestion. If we eat when we are not hungry, we compromise our digestion of the food. If you tend to overeat why is that? Are you worried that you’re going to starve? Are you bored or sad?

Other people do the exact opposite and try to go hungry all day, ignoring the body’s cravings for food. Most people do this as an attempt to lose weight. These people often eat very little all day and when they get home they discover they are ravenous. This way of eating often creates a backlash at night and people overeat heavy foods at dinner, until they feel stuffed and uncomfortable. 

By either starving or over-feeding your body you are not listening to what your body really needs and it is important to address the underlying reasons for choosing to have this relationship with food.

Tennis star Monica Seles talks about her struggle with food and binge eating in her newest book Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self. She talks about the pressure to lose weight and how she overcame the food fight. Check out her New York Times interview.

Has your relationship with food changed over the years? How?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.