Coming home from college on winter break each year was always exciting. Seeing old friends, hanging out with my siblings, and not having responsibilities. I should have been stress-free, right?
When I was preparing to go home each break, I’d tell myself, OK, Kyla. Your abs have been looking good lately, and your diet has been cleaner than ever. Don’t let yourself slip up just because mom is gonna be making banana bread when you get home. Don’t. Give. In.
I was so obsessed with eating clean and exercising to perfection at school that when I got back home, all hell would break loose. One look at all the Oreos, homemade baked goods, and potato chips sent my cravings into overdrive. After giving my mom a hug, I’d head straight for the fridge—and I’d eat until I felt sick.
I was trapped in this restrict, binge, repeat cycle for years, dealing with both orthorexia and binge-eating disorder. It wasn’t until my recovery that I realized there is a lot people don’t really understand about binge eating.
Here are five major misconceptions about binge-eating disorder. If you think you might know someone who’s struggling, this is information you need to know: