DEAR DEIDRE: AT night, after my partner has gone to bed, I secretly binge on junk food.
I eat until I feel sick, and in the morning I feel so guilty that I hate myself – which makes me do it again and again.
I’m 47 and currently about three stone overweight. I’ve yo-yo dieted all my life.
I’ve never been able to eat normally. I always go to extremes – I either stuff my face or I’m on a restricted diet.
That’s why every time I lose the weight, I pile it back on again within a few months.
Being overweight makes me feel miserable and ugly. I can’t look at my body in the mirror.
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I don’t know why I’m like this.
I have a loving partner, 49, and family, and I haven’t been through any major trauma, but I’ve never had any self-confidence.
After decades of this, I’m exhausted and ashamed. I just want a normal relationship with food and my body.
DEIDRE SAYS: Binge eating is a type of eating disorder.
You have no reason to feel ashamed. It’s brave to admit you have a problem and to ask for help.
You need professional support to deal with this.
A good first step is to contact beateatingdisorders.org.uk (0808 801 0677) and Overeaters Anonymous (oagb.org.uk, 07798 587802).
My support packs on Ending Weight Worries and Raising Self-esteem should also help you.
And make an appointment with your GP. They won’t judge you.
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