Binge Eaters Eat More Concocting Food Recent Reveled By University Alabama

Food concocting common among binge eaters, finds new study

11:06 AM, 7th January 2013
University of Alabama Research On Binge Eaters
Food concocting common among binge eaters, finds new study.

BIRMINGHAM, UK: A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) suggests food concocting - the making of strange food mixtures like mashed potatoes and Oreo cookies, frozen vegetables mixed with mayonnaise, and chips with lemon, pork rinds, Italian dressing and salt - is common among binge eaters. The findings reveal that 1 in 4 survey participants secretly create concoctions.

Investigators hope the survey and findings will help bring this oppressive behaviour into the open to better understand and help the estimated 8 million people in the US suffering from binge-eating disorders. UAB researchers investigated a behaviour that had been anecdotally noted by eating disorder clinicians but never systematically investigated.

According to the study, people who concoct are more likely to binge eat than those who overeat without bingeing. Those who concoct reported the same emotions as drug users during the act; they also reported later feelings of shame and disgust, which could fuel an existing disorder.

Mary Boggiano, Associate Professor, UAB said, study participants self-reported their emotions while concocting. The answers revealed a vast majority felt “excited” and “anxious” during the process. “While they are food concocting and binge eating they report being excited, in a frenzy, and high, but afterwards they feel awful about themselves,” said Boggiano.

According to Boggiano, the actual number of binge eaters who also practice food concocting is likely to be higher than that revealed in their survey. “We found significant numbers in a non-clinical population. If the same survey was given to people in a hospital, clinical or psychiatric setting, they would certainly report higher levels,” said Boggiano.

The research team looked at why people practice food concocting. The majority, 41.2 per cent of those who concocted, said the behavior was due to a craving. Only 9 per cent reported hunger as a motive.

Boggiano said that is not surprising because most binges occur after a normal meal, when sated, and may be part of the “loss of control” criterion of binge eating. Her previous research showed that having a history of dieting, regardless of hunger, led to binge eating when a preferred food was available.

Boggiano believes food concocting has never been studied scientifically because nobody has thought to quantify the behaviour or consider that it may worsen eating disorders if linked to negative emotions. In addition, patients may not disclose this behaviour because of shame.

“Secrets can kill us. The more secretive a patient is with aspects of an addiction or eating disorder, the worse off he or she will be because they will continue to engage in their secret, maladaptive behaviour,” said Boggiano.

© UAB News 




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