“I kind of binge eat impulsively but its not a big deal – its not like I am obese or completely out of control – it is not even everyday. Sometimes when I drive by McDonalds I just have to drive through or sometimes I go through periods when I cant control myself – but ultimately I am still ok”.
You are right it might not be completely out of control, and you might be still of a healthy weight and don’t have any health problems yet.
But you can not kid yourself.
Let’s see what your life looks like in 10 years if you don’t learn to control your eating habits. If whenever you experience emotional distress you eat junk food or you eat healthy food but overeat, if you eat when you are bored, stressed, lonely, busy, tired and under other circumstance, if you eat when you see something or you simply cant resist temptations or urges, what do you think your health would be like in 10 years?
Some of the short-term consequences might be feeling disgusted with yourself, ashamed, out of control, pathetic, like a looser, hiding, hating yourself. Some other ones could be feeling nauseous after overeating, bloated and stuffed unable to do anything else. Mid term could be affected self esteem and confidence, disliking how you look, having to buy bigger cloth, feeling not attractive or not desired, obsessing with food, putting on weight. Having to adjust your lifestyle, simply not feeling good about yourself. Long term consequences might include development of some of the chronic health conditions: heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, ultimately your quality of life can be compromised.
AND you know why you don’t think that it is a problem? Because of your impulsivity. When people are high in impulsivity they are more likely to focus on short immediate gains and not long term benefits ( e.g. muffin today – diet next month) or in other context ( e.g. party today – study for exams next week). Your impulsivity might prevent you from seeing things as they are and planning for future. Impulsivity is all about “I want it and I want it now, I don’t care about tomorrow”.
You might choose not to engage in a program, but you can’t say :” I thought it was not a big deal – I thought I could manage it”. You are smarter and more capable than that – you deserve to live a great live where you are always in control, don’t compromise yourself – learn today how to manage your impulsive overeating. Register www.impulsivity.com.au and learn how to manage your craving and temptations and stop impulsively overeating.
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