What You Should Know
Compulsive overeating can become very serious, impacting not only physical health, but also mental well being. Simply put, compulsive overeating (or binge eating) is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating that are often followed by feelings of guilt and shame. This means that those who suffer will usually consume large amounts of food, which can result in being overweight, and eating even when full. There are many signs that someone may be a compulsive overeater, including: fluctuations in weight, mood swings, periods of depression and guilt, eating large amounts of food even when not hungry or full, eating so much that it makes the person uncomfortable or eating very rapidly, almost in a state of frenzy.
There are now many support groups available for this condition, as well as, websites set up with information and ways to help someone who overeats, or how to help yourself and slowly stop eating so much if you are suffering from overeating yourself.
Compulsive overeating can have many negative effects, including causing several physical conditions including diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure (or hypertension), and bone or joint problems. Some of these conditions can be life-threatening, and will have a big impact on the everyday lives of those who experience them.
Compulsive overeating can also lead to harmful thought patterns, depression, and low self esteem. To help combat these issues it is advisable to seek help when it comes to dieting or dealing with feelings of guilt. This can be found in the form of counseling then, when ready, seeking advice on losing weight.
It is important to realize that simply going on a strict diet will not help the situation, and will probably lead to more feelings of guilt and anxiety. Sticking to a diet is only possible when you have adequate support, as well as, means to deal with the emotional and physical consequences of overeating.
- Finding a support group could be very helpful if you suffer from compulsive overeating.
- Compulsive overeating can be extremely dangerous both physically and mentally.
- Compulsive overeating may take years to successfully control through therapy.
Compulsive overeating is something many people experience throughout their lives but a small percentage of the population will engage in this behavior to a life threatening degree. Seeking a mental health professional along with your primary physician should be your first steps if you feel you have an overeating problem or if your family and friends suggest that you do.