Overeating is an eating disorder where one feels compelled to eat even when they are not hungry and who cannot stop when they have had enough.
Signs and symptoms of overeating include:
binge eating, or eating uncontrollably even when not physically hungry
eating much more rapidly than normal
eating alone due to shame and embarrassment
feelings of guilt due to overeating
preoccupation with body weight
depression or mood swings
awareness that eating patterns are abnormal
history of weight fluctuations
withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about weight
history of many different unsuccessful diets
eating little in public, but maintaining a high body weight
holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight
hiding food in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed)
vague or secretive eating patterns
self-defeating statements after food consumption
holding the belief that food is their only friend
loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations
HOW IS OVEREATING DIAGNOSED?
Overeaters continue eating even when they feel uncomfortably full. These eating habits cause shame, guilt and embarrassment for people, so food tends to be eaten secretly and alone.Obesity is a direct consequence of overeating.
HOW IS OVEREATING TREATED?
Treatment for overeating includes providing a diet chart which moderates their meals and focusses on nutrition rather than binge eating. Limited calories and set number of meals helps to combat the issue. Exercises are also suggested to help in lose the gained weight and increase metabolism.
DID YOU KNOW?
Overeating increases the risk of serious health problems including:
Shortness of breath, heart disease, heart arrhythmias, angina and heart attack.
High blood cholesterol.