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Why Do We Overeat or Binge?

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Many of these have to do with hormonal imbalances or vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

One common problem has to do with blood glucose levels which affect the body’s ability to metabolize insulin.

“The excessive insulin is not recognized by the body cells so is unable to remove the glucose from the blood stream. The result is an increase in blood insulin levels, which has an appetite stimulating effect. The person is driven to eat and if simple carbohydrates are chosen, the cycle continues.”

Whether your cravings are psychological, hormonal or both, don’t put yourself down. Those of us in the fitness and wellness community are here to help. We want to empower you to take back your power.

Remember, you are better than that donut, bag of chips or whatever your sabotaging choice may be. Seek help, identify your behavior and make the choice to change it.


“Binge Eating Disorder – Helpguide.org.” Help Guide – A Trusted Non-Profit Resource. Web 28 Aug. 2012.

“Top 10 Triggers for Over-eating – WomenFitness.net.” Women Fitness. Web 28 Aug. 2012.

Joanne Sgro-Killworth is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist. She is Certified in Pilates, Pre-natal/Post-Partum, Yoga and Senior Fitness. She specializes in Weight Loss, Post-Rehab and Post Cancer Training.

Joanne's fitness plans and recipes are available globally on her website www.fitnessanswer.com/ She resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with her husband, where she runs her personal training business, Fitness Answer, LLC.

Reviewed August 28, 2012
by MIchele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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