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How do i control overeating?

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Dr. Lourdes margarita Landron-garcia
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Overeating....: Have to be determined the possible(s) causes. Depression, compulsive behavior, hormones abnormalities, anxiety disorder, abnormal thyroid, psychological causes and others .Depending of your age, you can see a pcp, fp, ped, good medical history, physical exam help+ some lab test.... One way to control overeating, found the problem and receive good advise.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Find out why you're overeating. See your primary care physician to help rule out anything medical. Also, see a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. Keep a food diary -- why eat? What did you feel before you ate? What are you feeling now? Write down even if your nibbling -- will help you monitor your food intake. Good luck!
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Acknowledging being out of control can be more effective than trying to control it more. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. Anyone with a desire to stop compulsive eating is welcome. Check www.Oa.Org for meetings in your area and more information.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Seek help.: A history of depression or other emotional illness could lead to overeating secondarily. With adequate treatment, your overeating could stop. Otherwise, adding fiber to your diet will curb your appetite and reduce the tendency to overeat.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Eat! But eat smart.: It's not just number of calories but also composition of those calories. Carbohydrates tend to get burned up quickest, although you can choose healthier low glycemic carbs w/lots of fiber. Protein is more filling & sticks around longer & delays hunger. Choose lean meats, fish, chicken, even beans. Don't forget healthy fats & oils like fish & vegetable. Both will also help fill you up.
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Acknowledging being out of control can be more effective than trying to control it more. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. Anyone with a desire to stop compulsive eating is welcome. Check www.Oa.Org for meetings in your area and more information.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Seek help.: A history of depression or other mental illness could lead to overeating secondarily. With adequate treatment, your overeating could stop. Otherwise, adding fiber to your diet will curb your appetite and reduce the tendency to overeat.

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Behavioral change: For long-term control, slowly reduce the size of meals with portion control. Replace high calorie foods with lower calorie foods. Do away with sugar soda/drinks and go with light drinks/sugar free/tea/water. Keep track of calorie intake with a logbook or application. Regular exercise allows better use of energy and tends to curb appetite. Don't eat when you aren't hungry; no junk food at home.

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