This post isn’t really about fatness, but I was thinking about binge eating disorder as a diagnosis. You can take a look at the diagnostic criteria here, but it seems to get into a thorny realm because one criterion is a sense of lack of control. To me, that sounds like saying “addictive behavior” while avoiding that phrase. It leads to some questions:
- Is binge eating itself a problem, or just a symptom of a deeper problem?
- Does this diagnosis really help people?
- Is there an issue with the diagnosis being incorrectly applied to fat people?
- The diagnosis also mentions distress, disgust, etc. If one binges without these feelings, does one have the disorder?
I don’t have a firm viewpoint, but I’d like to hear yours.