Confessions of a binge eater w/ Ryan Sheldon – Michelle Sparkes

Confessions of a binge eater w/ Ryan Sheldon

Binge-eating is a common feature in the disordered eating landscape. Binge-Eating Disorder as a diagnosis affects around 3.5% women, 2% men and 1.6% adolescents. Today I speak with Ryan Sheldon, a male who has struggled with binge-eating disorder and is using his experience to help others through his blog, Confessions of a Binge-eater.

Important take home messages include:

  • Accepting you have a problem
  • Asking for help
  • Finding someone you can trust to hear and not judge you when you’re struggling
  • Realising it’s a ‘real’ problem, that you’re not alone, and that there are other men who are struggling with this

Other key points:

  • Body shaming affects men
  • There will be people out there who will understand and not judge or shame you. Your national ED association is a good place to ask for relevant points of connection and referral.

One thing Ryan says would have helped him 5 years ago:

  • Having someone help me identify that I had a problem.
  • “I don’t know where I would be right now if I had been asked about my eating habits” says Ryan.

Here’s a simple questionnaire that can help you identify if you have an eating issue that warrants further assessment.

For further help see your primary health care physician or contact michelle@michellesparkes.com

Questions and feedback welcome.

michelle@michellesparkes.com

@mp_sparkes

 

 

About the Author

Michelle is a physiotherapist and professional counsellor with lived experience of anorexia, EDNOS and binge-eating in her teen and early adult years. Founder of Women Worth their Weight, and author of Illuminating Anorexia Michelle is passionate about helping people recover from these health and life consuming problems.