Signs of Compulsive Overeating

Nov 1, 2022 | Addiction, Depression, Mental Health, Overeating, Self Esteem, Stress

Many people use food to cope with their emotions.  We often refer to this as Stress Eating or Emotional Eating.  For example, a person who has a stressful day at work may binge on cookies or chips to get some “relief” when they get home.  Of course, this relief is temporary and often followed by regret around overeating.  For most people, these moments of overeating are temporary.  Others, however, begin to use overeating as a primary coping strategy and begin to compulsively overeat.  Wondering if you are a compulsive overeater?

Common behaviors and characteristics associated with compulsive overeating:
  • Tend to use food as the primary coping strategy to manage the stressors of life.
  • Tend to binge in secret – Compulsive Overeaters tend to binge in private.  They may turn down food while with others, but then binge later when they are alone.
  • Tend to have difficulty identifying feelings – Compulsive Overeaters tend to identify feelings as hunger.
  • Tend to eat very quickly when binging
  • Tend to consume large amounts of “mood foods”
  • Tend to use food to change how they feel
  • Tend to have “all or nothing” thinking
  • Tend to have body image issues
  • Tend to have difficulty with own sexuality
  • Tend to struggle with self-esteem 
  • Tend to be passive in social relationships, but aggressive in their approach to eating
  • Tend to struggle with guilt and shame around eating


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