Is Binging on Carbohydrates or Alcohol ever OK?
Binging or binge eating is something everyone one of us has done in our lives. If someone denies having ever binged on food or drink, then that person is either not telling the truth or just has not lived long enough.
In its strictest sense, binge eating can be thought of as a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. In the psychiatry world they like to call it binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating disorder. This is all well and good, but historical records point to binge eating as a healthy behavior. Imagine that you are living hundreds of years ago and just killed a woolly mammoth and your camp is miles away. In this case, the instinctual thing to do would be to eat as much as possible of that woolly mammoth and only the most nutrition dense parts as possible; i.e. the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, etc.… (the dogs probably got the muscle meat). And even more you would feed the women first to keep up their ability to reproduce. Another example, of binging existed in Roman times. They would have a huge feast and lived in excess, perhaps for a few days.
In today’s society, during such binges, a person rapidly consumes an excessive amount of food, and they often try to hide this behavior from others, feeling ashamed and depressed about being overweight and overeating. Binge-eating disorder, as the name implies, is characterized by frequent, uncontrollable, excessive eating, followed by feelings of shame and guilt. Basically they are eating out of emotion, and not of nutritional need.
Although people who do not have an eating disorder may occasionally experience episodes of overeating. This is certainly acceptable as long as you have a normal reaction to these experiences and don’t partake in them regularly, this is part of being a human. If you go to a party once in a while and get blithering drunk, but wake up the next morning with a headache and realize this is not a good thing, this is a normal reaction. And you probably won’t repeat that episode for another 2 to 3 months. A good example of this type of addiction is the person who comes home from work and has a drink, but doesn’t stop and becomes drunk and passes out. Then that person wakes up and the problem and addiction is still there. The same thing goes for carbs. If on occasion you eat a massive amounts of carbs, such as pizza and ice cream and a soda; once in a while is not going to do you any harm, your body will handle it. But repeating the binge multiple nights a week is going to lead to obesity and addiction in the long term.
There are big differences between overweight/obese humans. The overweight person gets fat from eating too many carbohydrates relative to their insulin resistance. The obese person uses food for its pleasure value.