by Babs O’Reilly
(Miami, Florida, US)
Compulsive Overeating Disorder is a disorder involving food and eating uncontrollably, leading to unwanted weight gain or obesity. Compulsive Overeating Disorder controls many lives and threatens to become a plague unless those with the disorder learn to understand it and take steps to obliterate it.
When you’re a compulsive overeater, you use food as a way to relieve stress in the form of every day life problems, emotional upheavals and a cold, empty place in your heart that needs to be filled. Rather than coping with problems, compulsive overeaters use food to solve them, but that never works – so the cycle continues.
Weight gain is only one of the problems that can accompany compulsive overeating. Multiple difficulties can further hamper the disorder, such as binge-eating, depression, anger and low self-esteem. These actions and feelings can ultimately lead to anorexia and bulimia which are extremely hazardous to the body and even more difficult to treat.
Therapy sessions for compulsive eating disorder are one way to deal with the confusion and frustration that often occurs. Sharing childhood experiences, current problems and emotions with others can be eye-opening and reassuring if you’ve dealt with compulsive eating disorder for years — and can help you come to an understanding of yourself and why you eat or binge when you’re not hungry.
Sometimes compulsive eating disorder begins early on in the childhood years when you were too young to know how to cope with problems such as abuse and neglect. The fat from overeating that covers your body may subconsciously become a sort of protective barrier against any more hurt or emotional distress.
Dieting and binge-eating can become a way of life for the compulsive overeater. The huge letdown when failure to stick to a diet and lose weight occurs causes extreme guilt and feelings that you have no control over your body or your life. As a result, you may be so depressed that you become lethargic and withdraw from family, friends and even work – rejecting all that life has to offer.
Some of the symptoms that point to a compulsive overeating diagnosis are when you hide food from others until you can eat it later, going on one diet after another – only gaining more weight after each one, hating yourself because you can’t succeed in losing weight and losing control when you eat.
Compulsive overeating disorder can’t be treated by going to a spa or going on a diet plan. Appropriate treatment should include behavioral therapy and counseling from a medical professional on proper nutrition for your particular condition.
Don’t despair if you suspect you have compulsive overeating disorder. Although it’s a serious problem, help is available and you should speak to your doctor or therapist for answers.