When we breathe heavily after, say, holding our breath underwater, we don’t call that breathing “compulsive”. We don’t say we’re “overbreathing”.
When we nap because we got 4 hours of sleep the night before, we don’t see that compensatory act as something pathological. We think, “my body didn’t get the amount of sleep it needs and now it’s making up for it”
Yet we will restrict our food intake as much as we can for as long as we can, and when the reactive eating inevitably comes, we call it “binging” or “compulsive overeating”, instead of seeing it (as with the other functions) as a biological drive to meet one of our bodies’ basic needs. to survive.
We don’t have this different view of eating patterns because it’s actually the case that compensatory eating is pathological… We view it in the way we do because we’ve been indoctrinated by diet culture, a form of social control…and it is toxic.