Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Compulsive Overeating

Signs and symptoms

  • 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
  • Rapid weight gain or sudden onset of obesity
  • Significantly decreased mobility due to weight gain
  • 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
  • Very low self esteem and feeling need to eat greater and greater amounts.
  • Is easily irritated.

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