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July 2008

Compulsive Overeating

by Staff, on anorexia nervosa, bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, eating disorder, overeating, purge

There is a certain type of eating disorder that is so unlike bulimia and anorexia nervosa. This eating disorder, called Compulsive Overeating, is characterized by an individual's addiction over food. It stems from stress, low self-esteem, and a need to turn to foods for comfort over emotions that cannot be addressed or dealt with. The individuals who have this particular disorder tend to feel inadequate and as such, they use foods to fill up the empty void within themselves.

Those who are suffering from this disorder are mostly overweight individuals. These people generally are ashamed of their size, but couldn't do anything to reverse the situation as foods are their means of providing themselves an escape. A person suffering as a Compulsive Overeater is at health risk for a heart attack, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, kidney disease and/or failure, arthritis and bone deterioration, and stroke.

It is important to note that Compulsive Overeating is a serious eating disorder. It should not be neglected nor ignored. Staff