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Overcoming Compulsive Overeating
CBT+meds: Generally speaking eating disorders respond best to combination of cbt (cognitive behavior therapy) and meds. However, it's best you discuss with your personal psychiatrist, therapist or priimary care physician as to what would be best way to begin treatment for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: True hunger comes from our hypothalamus after measuring our energy needs and food stores. But it tells other areas of our brain (the nucleus accumbens, caudate and putamen) to generate the hunger signal. This signal can be generated abnormally in diseases of food addiction and set off by stress, depression and various food triggers. We then eat more then we intend to. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Potential obesity plus: Compulsive overeating often leads over time to excessive weight gain, fatigue, joint problems, hypertension, headaches, and diabetes, among other complications. I recommend meditation, foods with a low glycemic index, walking in the sunshine, and overeaters anonymous. http://www.oa.org. ...Read more
An addiction to: anything, including food, is a mood-altering, compulsive behavior that occurs in response to triggers (internal or external) that are largely out of awareness. The behavior continues beyond the point of dealing with dysphoria and usually then causes harm, but the addict still won't quit. From this description, there is little difference between compulsive overeating and food addictions. ...Read more
Try FAA: Compulsion is part of a spectrum of disorders like OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and in the setting of food, really is related to food addiction. I would seek professional counseling or get plugged in with an experienced bariatric physician. Another resource to get you started is faa, food addicts anonymous. http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emotional eating: This has less to do with weight loss and more to do with your psychosocial issues. Seek the treatment of a therapist to work on solving your emotional issues. This takes some work, but without addressing this, trying to lose weight becomes very difficult. Having weight loss surgery is not a solution either. Get help from a therapist as a first step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Even though I am not over weight (121 pounds and 5 ft 1 inch), can overeating irritate my asthma? I am a compulsive overeater.
May be: a full stomach may exert pressure on your chest compressing the already tight airways,another mechanism is through acid reflux, but you might not suffer from so long you are not overweight, moderation is the key, frequent small meals better than less frequent big meals, and you can gage yourself accordingly, but watch out, you can easily become overweight if you don't watch your calories ...Read more
Eating: They are essentially interchangeable terms. Some overeaters may overeat daily, or binge overeat, and either term will work as an effective descriptor. ...Read more
Pattern of eating: While binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating both use food,to deal with emotional issues, they do,so in different ways. The binge eater overeats periodically, but at these times eats very large quantities of,food. A person that eats compulsively may overeat regularly in an effort to manage and tolerate feelings. The quantity at any time is less, but it is a more regular eating pattern. ...Read more
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