What Is Compulsive Overeating Disorder?



People who suffer from a compulsive overeating disorder, which involves habitually consuming mass quantities of food, use food to deal with the emotional problems that cause the overeating. If they do not feel like they fit in or if they feel guilty about something, they may turn to food to help deal with the problem and stress.

How to Know if Someone has Compulsive Overeating Disorder

There are signs to watch for if you think that you, or some people you know may have this disorder.

They may overeat or eat when they are not hungry. They may eat more meals than people usually eat. Many times they will do this in private because they are embarrassed or ashamed. People who suffer from this are usually overweight and are more likely to be male.

They may be depressed and that is why they turn to food. They may have experienced a traumatic event in their lives and have not found a proper way of dealing with it.

Can Compulsive Overeating be Treated?

There are treatment plans available for this disorder. If you think that you, or someone you known is suffering from this, call your doctor. The doctor will be able to help you in taking the proper steps to solving the problems associated with this disorder. Counseling may be needed to help with the emotional part of the disease. They will help to find out what is making the person overeat and from there will help to get over the problem.


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