Compulsive overeating means eating when one is not physically hungry. Some compulsive overeaters eat when upset or stressed to get through the day. They may “graze” throughout the day as they work. They constantly think about what to eat or not eat, and about their weight. Many people use food to deal with their emotions. After doing this for awhile, they don’t even realize what the feeling of hunger is anymore. People become disconnected from their Self and their emotions, and they use food as a way of numbing out. Many people with compulsive overeating are not aware of the core issues behind their compulsive overeating. Something may happen or a thought may surface that triggers the feeling they have buried. They feel they need to eat or use other numbing substances to not feel these triggered events. Treatment for compulsive overeating can help repair and rebuild healthy eating structure and emotional wellness. Here are some common signs of Compulsive Overeating:
Food Addictions can be the reason for some eating disorders and disordered eating. The use of food can become like a drug of abuse for some people. Food causes chemical changes in the brain. For some people, there are some substances like sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) that impacts the reward system of the brain differently than for other people. If a person with this reaction has one bite, the craving process sets in. It is much like an alcoholic having one drink, then having no control over how much they drink after that. These are not the only substances that react this way. We need research to examine other ingredients that are put into processed foods that are a catalyst for obesity and behavioral problems. Here are some common signs of Food Addiction:
Recovering alcoholics often have addiction tendencies towards sugar. Alcohol is metabolized in the body as sugar. Many newly recovered people become addicted to sweets to compensate from the abstinence of alcohol. Food is also used to push down feelings especially guilt, remorse in early recovery. Weight gain in recovery often leads to relapse. It is also important to recognize many people had disordered eating before the alcohol or substance abuse began. If this sounds like your struggle, please call 1 (800) 711-2062 now for a free assessment and start your recovery. You don’t have to do this alone, we can help.