Do You Need Compulsive Eating Treatment?

Compulsive eating problems are rarely about food, but rather emotional issues that the individual attempts to cope with by consuming unhealthy amounts of calories.  The food itself provides a means of self-medicating, just as drugs or alcohol act for an individual who is attempting to numb the pain of depression or stress.

Sadly, individuals with a compulsive eating problem often suffer in silence and isolation with their condition.  Many people do not even realize that they have a problem until it is too late and their health has been irreparably damaged by their dietary problems.

Compulsive eating treatment programs help individuals overcome their unhealthy habits and provide them with the tools they need to overcome the core issues behind the behavior.

If you believe that you have a compulsive eating problem, then please read on.  The information below provides an important jumping off point in this difficult struggle.

What are the Side Effects of Compulsive Eating?

If you think that compulsive eating is a relatively harmless problem that can be eradicated with a little extra dieting, then think again.  Compulsive eating, much like anorexia and bulimia, can put your health at risk in a number of ways, including:

  • Heart problems.  When most people overeat, they don’t generally indulge themselves in healthy foods.  Instead, comfort food is usually the focus, which can lead to heart disease or heart-attack as the individual continues to add weight.
  • Muscle and joint problems.  A person who gains weight rapidly is putting their body at risk for long-term back and joint pain.  The more stress that is imposed on the body, the greater the chance they will develop these problems.
  • Depression and guilt.   The two most powerful psychological side-effects of compulsive eating are shame and guilt.  These emotions are what keep individuals in a downward spiral and certainly are the forces that drive them away from seeking professional help.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Compulsive Eating?

Do you think that you may have an eating disorder related to binge eating or compulsive eating?  Individuals who are trapped in a cycle of compulsive eating often exhibit several of the following classic signs and symptoms:

  • Inability to maintain a healthy weight
  • Sudden and dramatic weight gain
  • Attempts “quickie diets” without success
  • Eats alone due to shameful feelings about their eating habits

Helping an Individual with a Compulsive Eating Disorder

An individual who suffers from a compulsive eating disorder may find it difficult to admit that they have a problem.   And because the guilt and shame they feel keeps them from seeking treatment on their own, it falls on friends and family to step in and play a role.    Much like other substance abuse issues, an intervention can be an effective means of getting the individual into treatment.    Beyond that, reminding the person that they are loved – and that they need not be ashamed of their condition – can go a long way towards helping them transition in treatment.

Moonview Sanctuary offer compulsive eating treatment through their Transformational Health program.  Located in Santa Monica, California, Moonview is an outstanding choice for those individuals who wish to overcome their eating issues.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information.







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