Mukbang, Trends or Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder?

Mukbang is the phenomenon of recording a person eating a large amount of food which is then published through an online video platform. This trend originated in South Korea which started around 2014 and then became a global trend.

In the past, people often felt ashamed for eating large portions, but mukbang seems to support people for binge eating. Mukbang also often makes sounds when eating such as inhaling, swallowing, and chewing which inspires the audience to do the same.

Mukbang and its Relation to Binge Eating Disorder

Health data published by Psychologists states that around 70 percent of mukbang actors experience Binge Eating Disorder (BED). This is a condition when people with binge eating disorder lose control of their eating. They eat large portions of food and are often obese and overweight.

People with binge eating disorder do not have a fixed amount of food. They eat until they are full. They tend to swallow food without chewing it. When you don’t chew food properly, your digestive system won’t be able to digest it.

When the digestive system is unable to digest food the consequences:

1. Excessive stomach acid production.

2. Bloating.

3. Slow down the digestive system.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder resembling mukbang

Symptoms of binge eating disorder resembling mukbang are:

1. Eat large portions of food in a certain time.

2. Eat even though you are full.

3. Eat quickly.

4. Eat until you are full.

Indeed, the mukbang trend should be viewed as the latest development of how the internet affects people’s eating patterns and seems to “support” eating disorders. It is important to realize that mukbang can affect people who are struggling with eating disorders. According to health data published by Research Gate, it is stated that mukbang does provide various effects.

Starting from motivating people who are lazy to eat, to reducing loneliness, on the one hand the practice of mukbang actually creates problems for people with binge eating disorders. Watching mukbang can make people with eating disorders eat unlimited food or trigger a relapse of eating patterns that have lost control.

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder Unlike a mukbang whose motivation is to get as many viewers and attention as possible, binge eating disorder itself is triggered by several conditions. A person can have an eating disorder if:

1. Family members have a history of eating disorders, depression, or addiction to alcohol or drugs.

2. Get criticized for your eating habits, body shape, or weight.

3. Too worrying about being slim, especially if you have previously felt pressure from society or the work environment. For example, for the profession of a dancer, model, or athlete.

4. Have anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive or perfectionist personality. 5. Experiencing sexual harassment.