What Is Compulsive Overeating?
Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder characterized as chronically overeating, or eating excessive amounts of food without any control – usually past the point of being full, even if in discomfort. The reasoning behind why individuals overeat vary, however, it’s usually brought on by a mix of psychological, emotional, and environmental factors. Individuals affected usually binge as a coping mechanism for underlying emotional issues such as anxiety, anger, fear, or depression. Those who compulsively overeat tend to feel shameful, usually eating alone and trying to hide their symptoms.
Compulsive overeating is very similar to binge eating, however, it is usually classified as OSFED since those who suffer from compulsive overeating may not meet the particular requirements to be diagnosed with binge eating. To be diagnosed with binge eating, an individual must binge at least two times a week for multiple months.
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Signs & Symptoms of Compulsive Overeating
Compulsive overeating symptoms may vary, however, the most common signs and symptoms include:
- Binging on food frequently, eating impulsively
- Eating quickly, or faster than normal
- Eating excessive amounts of food, even to a point of being physically uncomfortable
- Eating when you are no longer hungry
- Eating more in private than in public – eating alone due to shame or embarrassment
- Secretive eating habits
- Feelings of extreme depression, guilt, or shame, particularly after an episode of overeating
- Weight gain, or weight fluctuations
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Compulsive Overeating Treatment in Texas
With the most caring and compassionate staff of mental health professionals and nutritionists, Eating Disorder Solutions gives patients the necessary tools and support to successfully overcome their compulsive overeating disorder.
Before you begin compulsive overeating treatment, we’ll have you take part in our intake process and initial assessment. We’ll make sure that one of our intake specialists guides you along all beginning stages. These initial stages consist of a series of questions that are aimed at better understanding your medical history, a confidential interview, and a physical exam – a benchmark used to accurately measure and understand the current state of your physical health.
Once you’ve completed the intake process and have begun treatment for compulsive overeating, we’ll introduce you to your treatment team, the group of specialized individuals who will care for you throughout treatment, and who will provide the best strategies, therapies, and treatment for an overall healthier you – a life without compulsive overeating.
- Residential treatment
- PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program)
- IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)
Our team provides a range of evidence-based services to support long-term OSFED recovery. The combination of services ensures that our programs meet each person’s needs and address all underlying issues of other specified eating disorders. We make sure to provide individualized treatment to all of our clients, taking into consideration their specific needs, wants, and comfort levels.
The Impact of Compulsive Overeating if Left Untreated
If left untreated, compulsive overeating can lead to serious long-term health consequences and conditions. Once you begin noticing red flags, you should seek help immediately. Without prompt and attentive care, symptoms can progress and become more serious over time. Early recognition and diagnosis of this disorder is pivotal in acquiring timely treatment and minimizing the risk of long-term adverse health effects.
Health consequences of compulsive overeating include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancers
The road to recovery may seem long and strenuous, and even daunting, at first, but with the right treatment and support, you will be able to beat this disorder – giving you the ability to take your life and happiness back.
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If you’ve noticed any of the signs and symptoms for compulsive overeating in yourself or a loved one, contact Eating Disorder Solutions for a confidential consultation. We understand that compulsive overeating is a difficult disorder to overcome alone and that at times, you may feel overwhelmed. But with proper treatment and care, it can be overcome. Our compassionate team of mental health professionals and nutritionists are here for you, not only crafting individualized treatment strategies specific to you and your needs, but also providing the additional encouragement needed to successfully overcome and defeat this disorder.
If you’re ready to begin your journey towards a healthier life and happier you, contact Eating Disorder Solutions today. For more information about compulsive overeating treatment in Texas, call 855-808-4213. Our team of medical professionals is only one call away.