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Health Tip: What's Behind Compulsive Overeating?

It's an attempt to cope with other issues

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(HealthDay News) - Compulsive overeating is characterized by uncontrollable binging, followed by feelings of guilt and shame. It is different from bulimia in that it does not involve any purging.

While people who compulsively overeat are usually preoccupied with issues of food, eating and weight, uncontrollable bouts of eating also are an attempt to manage other issues. That is, as a compulsive overeater, you use food to cope with stress, emotional distress and other psychological concerns.

According to the Brown University Health Services, recovery is possible for compulsive overeaters through a gradual process of lifestyle change and with the medical, psychological and nutritional counseling of others. Participation in groups such as Overeaters Anonymous also may help you stop.


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