disorder, also called binge eating disorder, is characterized by an
addiction to food. An individual suffering with compulsive overeating
disorder has episodes of uncontrolled eating or binging, during which he
or she may have a pressured, frenzied feeling. The person may continue to
eat even after becoming uncomfortably full. The binge is typically
followed by a period of intense guilt and/or depression. Unlike bulimics,
those with compulsive overeating disorder typically do not purge
themselves with vomiting, laxative use, or excessive exercise.
The causes of
As with other eating
disorders, there is a significant emotional component to overeating
compulsively. Most sufferers use food as a way to hide from emotions, fill
a void inside, and cope with daily stresses. Many people with compulsive
overeating disorder feel guilty for not being “good enough,” shame for
being overweight, and have very low self esteem. They turn to food to cope
with their painful feelings, which only leaves them feeling worse.
Sufferers often have a constant need for love and validation, and without
it, may go into obsessive episodes of overeating as a way to forget the
Common traits that
with compulsive overeating disorder tend to be overweight, have a history
of weight fluctuations, and are usually aware that their eating habits are
abnormal. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, a large percentage of compulsive
overeaters are male.
Signs and symptoms
overeaters consume large amounts of food, even when not physically hungry.
They also tend to eat much more rapidly than normal, and eat to the point
of feeling uncomfortably full. Those suffering with this disorder often
eat alone because of shame or embarrassment, and can have feelings of
depression, disgust, or guilt after eating.
Other conditions that
compulsive overeating disorder is connected with
treatment, this disorder can lead to severe medical complications including
high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and depression. Additional
long-term side effects include kidney disease, arthritis, bone
deterioration and stroke.