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Compulsive Overeating Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

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Compulsive Overeating Treatment

Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder that can be seen as food addiction. Generally, a person will consume large amounts of food even if they are not hungry, this is usually a way of dealing with stress, daily problems and negative emotions. Following an episode of compulsive eating a person will feel guilt, shame and possibly depression at the thought of being unable to control their compulsions.

Compulsive overeating is different to Bulimia, as the person will not make an attempt to remove their food by purging or use of laxatives. Generally overeaters will be overweight, however, people of a healthy weight may also experience difficulties.

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Symptoms Of Over-Eating

Some people who become overeaters have never learnt to form healthy ways of dealing with emotions and use food as a coping mechanism. People who are overeaters are aware that they have a problem but are unable to control the compulsions. Many eat in secret and family and friends may never know they have an eating disorder.

Fad diets may be used as a self-help technique, however, weight loss will be regained once the diet is stopped. The yo-yo effect of weight loss and gain exacerbates negative feelings of self-worth, guilt and shame and can lead to further binging.

Being overweight can lead to medical complications. Cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, oesophagus/gastric rupture, breathing difficulties and heart attack are amongst some of the potential health problems that can be experienced as a result of overeating.

Compulsive overeaters will also experience physiological symptoms. Mood swings, sleep disturbance, poor body image, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and shame and social isolation can all be behavioural signs and symptoms

At Serenity Addiction Centres we will provide you with a unique recovery programme to suit your individual needs including counselling. It is possible to form a healthy relationship with food and recover from compulsive overeating disorder with the right support.

We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation. 

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The chances of recovery increase the earlier an eating disorder is treated. These are the most common signs you have eating disorder.

  • Giving too much priority on weight loss
  • Eating unhealthy for losing weight
  • Extreme concern with body size and shape
  • Frequently bothered by flaws in appearance
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Difficulties to concentrate
  • Feeling coldness frequently
  • Sleeping problems
  • Dental problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor wound healing
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Compulsive Overeating
  • Eating disorder rehab
  • Intervention
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Rehab facilities

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