‘I’d binge on Nutella, eating a giant tub a week’

'I'd binge on Nutella, eating a giant tub a week'

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week' Image copyright Kara Richardson Whitely Image caption At her heaviest, Kara Richardson Whitely weighed more than 21 stone

Kara Richardson Whitely, 44, has struggled with Binge Eating Disorder( BED) and subsequent obesity for most of her life.

“I tried dieting numerous days but would always set the weight back on. I went to my doctor when I reach 21 stone and she said I should accept my weight. But I was really sick; I had arthritis in my knees and incontinence because of the pressure on my bladder.

“My trousers were so wide they would sag, uncovering my underwear. My thighs scratched together, wearing away the fabric of my jeans on my inner thighs.

“I was feeling so much remorse and disgrace about food. I would binge and then hide my overeating from my husband.”

The stigma of obesity

Kara says she also suffered from the judgement of others. Once, she went into her daughter’s school to read, and one of the children asked: ‘Why is your mum so fat? ”

“Everyone laughed and my daughter was mortified. I began to dread even leaving the house.”

The turning point for Kara came when physicians eventually recognised that she was suffering from a mental health condition, and that a simple dietary plan was not going to work.

“Having a name for what I was going through was a huge relief.

“I binged to push away anything bad. I ate to forget, and my eating was followed by overwhelming shame, guilt and embarrassment.

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week' Image copyright Kara Richardson Whitely Image caption Kara started to gain weight as a child when her mothers divorced

“Over time, therapy from a specialist in BED helped me to develop coping strategies.”

The forgot eating disorder

Kara’s experience is typical of sufferers of Binge Eating Disorder. The condition was only formally categorised in 2013, and even though it is far more common than anorexia or bulimia, awareness is still limited, and therapy scarce.


What is Binge Eating Disorder?

BED is defined as eating abnormal quantities of food – coupled with a feeling of loss of control, and then shame, guilt and nervousnes afterwards. Unlike those with bulimia, people with binge eating disorder do not regularly use purging techniques after a binge. Often( although not always) binge eating disorder can cause weight gain. While binge eating disorder can affect anyone, the condition tends to be more common in adults than in younger people, often starting in middle age. It may develop from or into another eating disorder. Image caption Andy Butler weighed 30 stone when he suffered from Binge Eating Disorder How to Spot the Signs of Eating Disorders Asian, male and agony with bulimia The truth about obesity ailment Image caption Kara has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'
'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'
'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'
'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'
'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'

'I'd Binge On Nutella, Eating A Giant Tub A Week'

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