BED or “binge-eating disorder” or sometimes being referred to as “food addiction”, Compulsive Eating or Overeating is distinguished by an obsessive-compulsive relationship to food.  By the ingestion and longing for foods that are, in themselves, harmful to the individual, this state is not only apparent by irregular food intake in terms of amount.  Even beyond the point of being comfortably full, people enduring from this disorder engage in repeated period of unrestrained eating, or binge eating, at some stage which they may experience that they are already out of control, frequently overriding food in rage,  The binge is more often than not is subsequent by feelings of guilt, shame, and depression.  Sequentially to feel better about themselves, binge eaters will give or submit in to cravings with another binge, which they wish will anesthetized out the bad feelings; thus, the cycle repeats itself.  Always remember though and keep in mind the scam prevention and the scam watch, some may pretend to be a legitimate counselors and may take advantage of you.


Compare to the eating disorders of anorexia nervosa or bulimia, compulsive eating is less well-known and that it is different from the latter.  While binge eaters on the other hand do not attempt to compensate for their bingeing with vomiting, fasting, or laxative use.  People with this disorder also do battle with grazing, at some stage in which they return to eat small amounts of food all through the day.


Here are some signs and symptoms of Compulsive Eating


  • Is obsessed with thoughts about food
  • “Comfort eats” in order to relieve stress or worry
  • Eats much more rapidly than normal (so that they can eat more)
  • Eats alone or hides food in order to eat in secret due to shame and embarrassment
  • Eats very little in public, but maintains a high body weight
  • Feels guilty due to overeating, and/or eats more than intended to when began
  • Feels sluggish or lethargic from overeating
  • Binge eats or eats uncontrollably even when not physically hungry
  • Eats everything on the plate, even when full
  • Goes on a food binge after dieting or trying to cut back
  • Eats until feeling sick
  • Feels anxious while eating, which results in more eating
  • Does not like to feel hunger
  • Gets depressed or has mood swings
  • May be aware that eating patterns are abnormal
  • Is preoccupied with body weight
  • Over time, has felt the need to eat more and more to get the desired emotional state
  • Has experienced withdrawal when cutting down/out certain foods (not including caffeine)
  • Experiences rapid weight gain or seemingly sudden obesity
  • Has a history of weight fluctuations
  • Has difficulty moving around due to weight gain
  • Sometimes consumes certain foods so often or in such large quantities that spends time dealing with negative emotions instead of working, spending time with family or friends, or engaging in other important or enjoyed activities
  • Has withdrawn from activities because of embarrassment about weight
  • Has a history of many unsuccessful diets
  • Has low self-esteem and (therefore) feels the need to eat greater and greater amounts
  • Sees food as something to be avoided, harmful