While everyone will eat too much once in a while, eating continuously throughout the day, binging several times a day for months on end, or hiding evidence that you overeat is not normal or healthy. Individuals who turn to food in order to deal with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression might need professional help. Similarly, individuals who feel helpless, powerless, or unable to control their food intake might be suffering from a disorder.
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About Overeating Disorder
Overeating disorder, sometimes known as compulsive eating or binge eating, is characterized by very regular episodes of uncontrolled eating of large amounts of food. Unlike individuals suffering from bulimia, for example, individuals suffering from overeating disorder do not try to compensate for their binging; there are no fasting periods, excessive exercise doesn't occur, and vomiting after eating isn't intentionally induced. Individuals with overeating disorder will feel powerless in the presence of food and will not be able to control how much they eat, meaning they will eat until they feel sick, until they vomit, or even after they are no longer hungry. Individuals suffering from overeating disorder often feel ashamed of how much they eat and are aware that their eating habits are abnormal; after binging, it is common for victims of this disorder to feel guilty, depressed or disgusted with themselves. Many individuals with this condition will turn to eating in secret. This disorder usually begins after puberty or when an individual is in early adulthood. It is important for the sufferer to know that this inability to control how much they eat is not their fault.
Treatment Of an Overeating Disorder
Most commonly, overeating disorder is treated on an outpatient basis. However, individuals who are unresponsive to outpatient treatment might require inpatient treatment. This might take 28 days or longer, after which the individual will continue to receive counselling and therapy. In extreme cases, individuals might be prescribed drugs such as antidepressants or appetite suppressants.
Overeating disorder is difficult to overcome. After all, it is impossible to quit this "drug" as food is a necessity of life. While it isn't possible to avoid food, sufferers of an overeating disorder will be able to enter treatment programs and see psychiatrists, nutritionists, and eating disorder therapists in order to learn how to control eating as well as the possible reasons behind their binging. During therapy, patients will learn how to become more self-aware and how to avoid binge triggers.
Post Rehabilitation Of an Overeating Disorder
Overcoming an overeating disorder is a lifelong battle, as it is impossible to fully distance oneself from food. Group therapy and counselling, such as Overeaters Anonymous, might be required for months or longer depending on the individual. Keeping a food diary and remembering to exercise are both considered part of conquering this disorder and are both part of the recovery process. In order to avoid succumbing to overeating in the future, many patients will continue to visit therapists, nutritionists and counsellors after their initial treatment. Group therapy with family members is also encouraged.
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