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Compulsive Overeating & BED.

Compulsive Overeating (COE) / Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Compulsive Overeating is like an addiction to food, where you will eat at times when you are not hungry, usually to deal with emotions. This may happen all the time, or it may come and go in cycles. Most people who are compulsive eaters are overweight, and may use their weight or appearance as a shield they can hide behind to avoid social interaction, others hide behind a happy or jolly facade to avoid confronting their problems. Sufferers often have great shame at being unable to control the compulsion to eat. Compulsive overeating is a serious condition and needs professional support to ensure long term recovery.
Binge Eating Disorder is characterised by episodes of binging on food, often to cope with difficult emotions. The binging includes eating large amounts of food, often to the point of feeling physically uncomfortable. Like those suffering with Compulsive Overeating, there can be large feelings of shame, guilt and depression associated with a binge, and sufferers will often eat alone. With treatment, however, Binge Eating Disorder can be overcome and professional treatment -including therapy- is recommended.

The articles in here focus on both Compulsive Overeating Disorder and Binge Eating Disorder. Please do remember that both disorders are different, however there are numerous overlay of symptoms and feelings. The articles cover a range of topics but are specific so you may find the articles in the other section helpful, particularly those in the healthy eating and recovery sections.
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