Compulsive overeating, like the more well-known eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, has some clear physical symptoms, such as weight gain and extreme obesity, but few people know that it can have much more serious symptoms as well.
Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder marked by the compulsive urge to eat. It’s common for someone to go through several episodes of what’s referred to as hysterical eating, which is an almost uncontrollable compulsion to eat. In addition, studiously planning another round of binging or indulging is another aspect of compulsive overeating. It’s something that can go on unnoticed for a long period of time, but like anorexia and bulimia there are symptoms that show themselves more obviously than others.
Some of the more immediate symptoms from compulsive overeating are nausea and physical discomfort. In addition someone might feel extreme guilt because of what they’ve just done. More long-term effects of compulsive overeating include diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol,depression, fatigue, asthma and more. Overeating can even lead to nutrient deficiencies because commonly, foods that are binged on are high in salt, sugars and carbohydrates, leaving little or no appetite for healthy food choices.
Mentally, individuals who suffer from overeating are facing problems such as extreme guilt as well as emotional turmoil surrounding the episodes of binging. They may hide their habits and become reclusive or secretive about their overeating. After repeated episodes, they may get a sense of hopelessness, which can take its toll on self-esteem and self-worth. It can develop into a cycle of emotional eating and binging followed by intense guilt and remorse. With the emotional and mental toll coupling to form an intense and often neglected disorder, compulsive overeating requires professional help. Finding a treatment center that can address compulsive overeating causes and symptoms is important for recovery and individualized treatment.