The Root Of Compulsive Eating Disorder Is Psychological In Nature
Compulsive Eating Disorder is your way of Seeking Solace in Food
Primarily to hide your hurt and upset emotions and to manage these negative, frayed emotions, again, with food.
Are you a compulsive eater?
You aren't sure?
It's an eating disorder that causes you to be very obsessed with food, to the extent that you would impulsively gorge or eat non-stop. You become addicted to food.
You wonder why would you eat like that?
Well, you think you can use food as a way to escape from dealing with problems or to mask your pain or emptiness inside: stress, pressures, expectations, distress, loneliness, rejection and emotional upheavals.
You use food to help you cope with your life's stresses and problems.
In a typical compulsive eating episode, you can eat as much as 5,000 calories and up to 60,000 calories per day, which results in overweight and health problems.
How Does it Start?
Typically, compulsive eating disorder starts off gradually, normally in early childhood, the time when your eating patterns take shape.
It starts off very subtly...when you turn to food whenever you're upset or stressed or anxious.
Over time, you learn that food indeed can help soothe these negative feelings. So you seek solace in food every time you're upset about something.
It's food or none, for you, to handle your upsets.
What Actually Happens?
First, you must know that compulsive eating disorder is a psychological thing.
You hide behind food so to speak, to protect yourself from the threatening outside world and to help you manage stress, upset, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
However, these negative emotions soothed by compulsive eating are only temporarily blocked, as afterward, you would feel guilty and shameful about the eating.
Second, you're aware of your abnormal eating habit, your appearance (body shape and body weight) and the risks of overweight.
Third, you continue on with this kind of eating because it's a psychological thing.
Fourth, dieting doesn't seem to work as you can diet for a while but the cravings return.
You'll find yourself powerless to cope with the overwhelming urge to compulsively eat, hence negating any weight loss results you achieve.
Thus you're always on this cycle of compulsive eating and dieting, to and fro, back and forth.
When you sense you've totally failed in the attempt, you give up dieting and your self worth and self esteem plummet to the bottom, bringing more psychological problems.
Fifth, because of the high calories consumed and lack of exercise, overweight is inevitable.
You also have higher risk of weight-related diseases like heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney problems and diabetes.
Signs of Compulsive Eating Disorder
These are the common signs of compulsive eating:
- Binge eating, or eating uncontrollably even when not hungry
- Eating much faster than normal
- Eating alone due to shame and embarrassment
- Feelings of guilt and shame due to overeating
- Obsession with body weight
- Depression and mood swings
- History of weight fluctuations
- Withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about weight
- History of many different unsuccessful dieting
- Eating very little in public, but maintaining a high body weight
Can You Stop it?
Yes, find out the true reasons of all your emotional upsets and feelings and address them head on.
I've said in the beginning - compulsive eating disorder is a psychological thing.
Get rid of all your psychological baggage - the upsets, angers, anxieties, stresses, depressions......
Start a gradual process of lifestyle change i.e. exercise and eat healthy, both in moderation.
Exercise helps relieve all your stresses, bottled up frustrations and feelings.
It improves your moods and perceptions, thus helps drive away all your depressions and low self esteem.
Participate in school and family activities - sports, recreational tasks, social outings and gatherings. All these can be positive channels to express your hidden emotions.
I encourage you - deal with your compulsive eating disorder.
Don't let food take control of you.
Instead, you take control of your emotions and feelings and cultivate a healthy relationship with food.
You'll do fine in your food and in your emotions.
Back to top
Compulsive Eating Disorder - back to teen health and fitness
Compulsive Eating Disorder - back to home page