Food Concocting- A Symptom of Binge Eating
A food-mixing practice, is known as "concocting". It is common among people
with symptoms of binge eating disorder. Examples include "mayonnaise with
cheese, beans, ketchup and beef," "mashed potatoes with Oreos" and chocolate,
pickles and peanut butter — also with Oreos. To differentiate it from regular
snacking, it is recognized as making strange food mixtures that one would be too
embarrassed or ashamed to share with others.
According to a recent 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. The food concocting
study surveyed 507 students from UAB and the University of Texas at El Paso
enrolled in Psychology 101 classes, along with 45 clients seeking outpatient
treatment for eating disorders in Cincinnati, Ohio. The sample included males
and females and was 45.5 percent non-Hispanic White, 40 percent Hispanic and 10
UAB Examples of ‘Food Concocting’
Mashed potatoes and Oreos™
Frozen vegetables and mayonnaise
Chips with lemon
Pork rinds, Italian dressing and salt
To handle it well binge eaters can try different foods trading in high-calorie
combos for healthier alternatives.
If you’re craving something sweet . . .
Snack on Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Less sugar, less fat, and more
natural, this combination is perfect for solving your ice cream cravings. Try
4-6 oz. of Greek yogurt and 1 cup of grapes or mixed berries.
If you’re craving something salty . . .
Grab a tortilla (a high-fiber one works best) and an ounce of cheddar
cheese, and create a low-fat cheese quesadilla on the fly. Just fold it in half,
bake it, and top it off with a scoop of salsa.
If you’re craving a mix of sweet and salty . . .
Reach for sliced apples and peanut butter. A sweet, crispy apple paired with
salty, all-natural peanut butter is one of the easiest and healthiest snacks to
have on hand. One apple provides you with 5 grams of heart-healthy fiber, while
all-natural peanut butter contains 4 grams of protein per tablespoon. Your
gain-The mixture of protein, fat, and fiber all aid in fullness.
Binge eating in any form should not be ignored. Physical and mental
complications can result if binge eating is allowed to go untreated. Unhealthy
eating habits, nutritional imbalances, obesity and other health problems can
Dated 04 September 2013