Compulsive overeating can begin in childhood when eating patterns are formed. Many individuals who become compulsive overeaters have never learned the proper way to deal with stressful situations and used food as a way of coping.
Unlike anorexia and bulimia, there are a high proportion of male overeaters.
There will often be a withdrawing from activities due to embarrassment about their weight and sufferers will frequently feel tormented by their overeating habits. Stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and low self-confidence are usually present within the individual accompanied by emotional conflict.
Compulsive overeating overview: (some common symptoms)
- Social isolation
- Need to be in control
- Eating huge amounts (usually alone)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Gall bladder disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Musculo-skeletal problems
- Vascular disorders
- Eating large quantities when not hungry
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