Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by excessive and too frequent reaching for food. Meals are usually larger and eaten much faster than normal. Binge eating disorder is often accompanied by feelings of shame and guilt.
Stress or problem with normal consumption, called compulsive eating, accompanies many other disorders. It is most often observed in people who abuse alcohol, are excessively impulsive, and are unable to control their behavior.
Compulsive eating and bulimia
Although the disorder closely resembles bulimia, unlike it, compulsive overeaters do not induce vomiting or take laxatives to get rid of food quickly. This difference causes sufferers to start gaining weight, which often leads to severe overweight or even obesity.
In addition, patients very often feel tired, fatigued, have no energy. The patient’s diet is dominated by high-calorie products and sweets.
Relief of stress or problems with the help of food usually begins very innocently. When patients realize that something is wrong, they sometimes introduce a restrictive diet, which instead of helping, makes the problem even worse.
Compulsive eating – how to help yourself
The basic and most important point of treatment is psychotherapy. Properly conducted will allow discovering the real reason for compulsive overeating and will teach how to cope with both stress and problems. It should be supplemented with antidepressants and anti-obesity drugs.
Dietary counseling is also very important to develop an appropriate menu and eliminate dietary errors.