To overcome compulsive eating in any given case, it is essential to know what causes compulsive eating, or binge eating in the first place.
The causes of compulsive eating disorder in many cases are believed to stem from unhealthy eating habits that begin in childhood, learned from family and even friends.
-These poor eating habits may eventually develop into bingeing habits .
Society's emphasis on the human body and being thin could play a part for many. Peer pressure, a lack of ones own self worth, the desire to fit in, to be thin, causes stress, which ironically can result in eating to get relief.
-This low self-esteem and the depression that generally accompanies it, is also strongly linked to compulsive eating disorders.
There have also been indications it may be due to genetics in some cases.
-Research also suggests that the part of the brain that controls appetite may not be functioning the way it should.
Neurotransmitters in the brain that are released while eating may be at improper levels, causing withdrawal like symptoms and even a very real cocaine-like addiction, with the lack of food.
-It appears to be much the same as an addiction to drugs or alcohol in many ways. The fact is: it is frequently called a food addiction.
It can often be even harder to overcome compulsive eating than defeating an alcohol or drug addiction, because a person with a compulsive eating disorder still has to eat , but has to learn to eat less ... easier said than done.
Health Problems of Compulsive Eating Disorder
-When you overcome compulsive eating, you avoid the risk of many health conditions that occur due to binge eating, or more accurately the obesity that is sure to follow, such as:
Long-term side effects include:
-How to stop binge eating and overcome compulsive eating?
On our own, most people will just circle around the problem without getting to its core, by dieting etc.
The result is often failure and then hopelessness, which in turn leads to more overeating for relief, and the vicious cycle continues and intensifies with each new binge. ( see emotional component )
-However, this compulsive over-eating is not hopeless.
Many people with a compulsive eating disorder have had the problem since childhood, and it only escalates from there. -These 10 steps may help:
-Eating healthy really means getting rid of all the empty calorie foods you were eating, not necessarily less food ...just better food.
-But it need not be exercise; stamp collecting, photography, or even writing, -anything that helps occupy the mind and body and takes the focus off of food, will help you overcome compulsive eating.
The Good News:
Compulsive eating is a treatable condition. With the right combinations of family counseling, talk therapy , and with medical and nutritional guidance most people who seek treatment will be helped significantly.
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