A short description
This is a bio-psycho-social neurotic disorder, which does not fit neatly into the category of true obsessive-compulsive disorder, nor addictive disorder, nor affective disorder. We define it thus because there is no single cause of compulsive eating but the condition is brought about by a combination of individual risk factors which lie in the individual’s physical and emotional makeup. These factors are brought to life in a culture in which there are abnormal and insistent pressures to achieve an unrealistic size or shape.
It is present where there some of these behaviours coexist
* Regular episodic overeating of large amounts of food perceived to be fattening &/or subjective overeating plus * subjective sense of being out of control * guilt and remorse after eating * obsessional thinking about food and weight * attempts to deal with the effects of overeating by starving/ dieting / exercising / weighing.
There are also many variations of the illness which can take the form of eating one bar of chocolate too much and being miserable about it / picking / continuous overeating (grazing) or the ingestion of huge amounts of specially bought food.
The condition affects all ages and both sexes although women complain about it and are more worried about it than men Usually preceded by a period of dieting although we must separate compulsive eating from overeating which may pre-existed and which may have been fostered by lifestyle, family and genetic factors.
Personality types (givers, helpers, people pleasers, worriers, avoiders and deniers) Jobs which demand weight control or place people near food / shift working, heavy drinkers, people with glucose intolerance / food intolerances / candiasis / people with low esteem coupled with poor body image / obesity or perceived obesity of specific body parts / lonely people with social difficulties / pressure from significant others to...