As the world adapts to life in the days of Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are resorting to the kitchen and grazing more than ever as a way of dealing with the stresses of lockdown.
But if we do not practice mindful eating, now more than ever, this could result in many people gaining a lot of weight. And this is a particular concern in the current climate since obesity increases the risk contracting the deadly Coronavirus.
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No matter how stressing this situation is, we – as FlyMedi – believe that we can get through this together if we follow the guidelines given to us by our doctors. So since a rise in obesity poses a long-term threat to our healthcare practitioners, we should play our part and manage our eating habits.
If you don’t know how to do this, this article will show you some few tips on how you can embrace mindful eating during a lockdown.
Why should you avoid binge eating?
In stressful times, like these, panic and anxiety brought on by fears of the COVID–19 pandemic can cause many people to find it difficult to control their appetite. Besides the ongoing situation, there are many reasons why you should stop binge eating. Here are some of them:
Binge eating can lead to depression
Just as it can cause obesity, binge eating disorder can increase the risk of mental health and emotional problems. Depression can be a risk factor caused by overeating or it can be a consequence of it. As you may (or may not) know, people who suffer from depression tend to develop a low-self esteem and poor self-image. A 2013 research study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that suicide attempts were more common in people who have eating disorders.
Obesity is a serious health problem that can result in eating large amounts of food. Most people think of obesity as a cosmetic concern, but in reality, it is also a medical problem that can increase your risk of contracting other diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep disturbances, aches and pains, mobility concerns, hygiene issues and certain cancers.
What are the causes of binge eating?
From time to time, we all overeat. But binge eating disorder is different, and it is something that you should be mindful of. Many people have it but they haven’t realized it yet. If you find yourself frequently eating a lot of food – even when you are not hungry – then you might be suffering from a binge eating disorder. Binge eating can be caused by different things such as:
Some people inherit eating disorders from their parents. If one of your parents or your grandparents had this problem of binge eating, you’re more likely to have it too. Various studies have found that genes that affect eating behavior are genetic –they can be passed down through families. When passed down from one member of the family to the other, those genes affect the part of the brain that controls one’s eating habits.
Being cooped up at home for 24/7 during a lockdown can lead to boredom. And this boredom can be a trigger that causes people to eat outside of their usual meal times. When increased boredom kicks in, people usually can do anything just to distract themselves, and among those things is binge eating.
Sometimes when you attempt to shed some extra weight, be careful not to end up bingeing. This usually happens when you are dieting the wrong way (skipping meals, eating little food). When people fail to reach their targeted weight goals after dieting, they may feel emotional hurt and end up giving up and eating even more.
What can I do to avoid binge eating?
No matter how bored you are, it’s still possible to avoid bingeing. Follow the tips given below and you will overcome this problem:
Be mindful of emotional eating
What’s causing you to eat a lot of food from time to time? Is it increased appetite? Or you are trying to relieve stress? Whatever the case, the only way you will be able to regain control over the food you eat is to try to embrace boredom and emotions once in a while and learn to be OK during unconnected times of your day.
Ask for Dr. Serkan Ayhan for help
Sometimes binge eating can be more complicated than you think. And sometimes you need a helping hand to overcome this problem. We recommend that you consult Dr. Serkan Ayhan and he will surely help you with tips and strategies that will help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Being an expert in surgical procedures that treat obesity, Dr. Serkan Ayhan knows how to help you handle eating habits that cause obesity.
Pick up a new hobby
If you find yourself craving something to eat from time to time, then it may be time to pick up a distraction. There are many hobbies that you can do when you are spending the whole day indoors. You can either read a new book, do a lot of indoors exercises or teach yourself new skills online.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2020