About Compulsive Overeating
Compulsive eating, sometimes referred to as binge eating disorder or food addiction, is not its own classification of eating disorder, but like anorexia and bulimia, points to unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns around food and weight.
Why Can’t I Stop Eating?
Compulsive overeating is caused by a number of factors:
Symptoms of Compulsive Overeating
Compulsive eaters lose control around food and may use food to cope with difficult emotions. They feel compelled to eat even when they are uncomfortably full, sometimes eating very quickly, when they’re alone or non-stop throughout the day. If unable to eat the high-fat, high-calorie foods they crave, compulsive overeaters may experience withdrawal-like symptoms.
After overeating, the individual typically feels ashamed and disgusted, which only makes them turn to food once again for comfort.
Treatment for Compulsive Overeating
Even though people who compulsively overeat desperately want to stop, their mental state prevents them from doing so. In some cases, the only way to effectively curb compulsive overeating is with professional eating disorder treatment. In a safe, supportive setting, people who compulsively overeat can get to the source of their eating disorder behaviors and begin to develop healthier habits.
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