Do people binge on food or only doof?

March 26, 2024 by Joshua
in Addiction, Fitness

I don’t use refined oils at home and try to avoid them elsewhere. I attended a catered event and ate a noodle dish with a lot of oil and nearly no vegetables. They served grilled vegetables that were also covered in oil.

The noodle dish was very palatable, in that it gave me pleasure to swallow it down my throat. It didn’t actually taste that good. It just prompted me to want more.

As I walked home I realized while I’d still call it food, it was getting toward doof. I also noticed I didn’t like how it made me feel. My skin felt oily. My stomach felt uncomfortable. I wasn’t going to take a laxative or induce vomiting, but I wished the food/doof weren’t in me.

It got me thinking: when people binge and purge, if they have bulimia, I know they binge and purge on doof, but I wondered: do they binge and purge only on doof? I don’t use the verb ‘to eat’ with doof. Doof, you consume, not eat. ‘To eat’ I reserve for food. Do people binge and purge on spinach and apples? I don’t know about you, but I rarely eat more than one apple in a row. Something about them makes me not want to eat more after I eat each in turn.

I’m no psychologist, so I’m just exploring an idea as a civilian, but if psychologists have always associated bingeing and purging with food, but if bingeing and purging come from doof only, or nearly so, it changes a lot. Imagine addiction specialists didn’t distinguish between poppy and heroin or between grape juice and wine. They’d misdiagnose the problem.

I searched on “binge purge” to see if I could find what people binged on. I found many articles, but only one called Understanding Bingeing and Purging listed what people binge on:

Common binge foods include:

  • Bread
  • Candy
  • Cake
  • Chocolate
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Doughnuts
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Potato chips
  • Sandwiches
  • Soda

ALL DOOF! Bread could be whole grain, and therefore an exception, but I doubt people binge on the healthy stuff. Likewise, sandwiches could use whole grain bread, healthy fillings, and no salty oily sauces, but I doubt it.

Imagine re-conceiving our understanding of bulimia that it’s not a problem with the individual or food, but doof, which is manufactured and advertised specifically to addict. If people only, or nearly only, binge on doof, distinguishing doof from food changes everything.

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