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Showcasing DEADLY SINS – GLUTTONY: Year of the Pig

DEADLY SINS GLUTTONY - Year of the Pig

Our Protagonist

Vincent Porcher is a street performer living in New York City, characterized by his relentless struggle with an extreme and unexplained hunger. His life is marked by a sense of isolation and disconnection from those around him, stemming from a traumatic incident in his past on a Kansas farm that continues to haunt him.

Vincent is depicted as a person who constantly battles the physical and emotional consequences of his condition, which is not just a source of physical discomfort but also a symbol of his internal turmoil. His journey is one of trying to find some semblance of control and understanding in his life, especially in the context of his strained family relationships.

Despite his struggles, Vincent is driven by a deep desire to reconcile with his estranged, dying mother. This goal propels him on a journey that forces him to confront his past, his disorder, and the realities of his present life. Throughout the story, Vincent’s character is explored through his interactions with others, his inner reflections, and his experiences, painting a picture of a man caught in the grip of a life he doesn’t fully understand or control.

The portrayal of Vincent’s struggle in Year of the Pig is marked by a stark realism that brings attention to the physical and psychological facets of his condition.

Throughout the narrative, Vincent grapples with intense and uncontrollable urges to consume large amounts of food, often leading to feelings of shame and guilt. These episodes are not just about physical hunger but are deeply intertwined with his emotional state, particularly his past traumas and current sense of isolation in New York City. His binge eating becomes a coping mechanism for underlying emotional turmoil, reflecting the complex nature of his condition as more than just a physical ailment.

Inspiration

There was a story about a Frenchman named Tarrare. I bumped into this wild story while scrolling through Reddit, where a user asked for a too-good-be-true historical story. Or most disturbing historical character.

From there, I went down the rabbit hole trying to find out more about Tarrare. I watched a video on YouTube from Sam O’Nella Academy where he discusses Tarrare in animated form. You can watch it here.

But briefly, Tarrare was a Frenchman named Pierre-François Tarrare who lived in the late 18th century. He was known for his extreme and insatiable appetite. Tarrare could consume enormous quantities of food, including live animals, without seeming to gain weight. His unusual condition, known as polyphagia, made him a sideshow attraction and subject of medical curiosity in his time. Tarrare’s exact medical condition remains a subject of debate among historians and medical experts, but his story is often cited as one of the most extreme cases of overeating in history.

However, in the case of Vincent Porcher, I focused on Binge-Eating Disorder (BED). Vincent’s condition goes beyond mere overeating. It is a complex interplay of emotional, psychological, and physical factors, much like BED. The narrative illustrates not only the compulsive eating behaviors, but also the emotional turmoil and distress associated with them, offering a nuanced portrayal of a character struggling with this disorder.

According to the DSM-V, Binge-Eating Disorder is as follows:

A. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:

1. Eating in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most individuals would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.

2. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

B. The binge-eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:

1. Eating much more rapidly than normal.

2. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.

3. Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.

4. Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating.

5. Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.

C. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.

D. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months.

E. The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior as in bulimia nervosa and does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

The DSM-5 also allows for the specification of the severity of the BED, based on the number of binge-eating episodes per week.

BED is a serious mental health condition that requires appropriate treatment and management. It’s distinct from overeating or obesity, as it involves specific patterns of disordered eating behavior and associated psychological distress.

Here are links for more information on Binge-Eating Disorder:

Eating Disorders

Binge-eating disorder: What’s the best treatment?

Check out the snippet below.

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