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Compulsive eating

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What is compulsive eating or binge eating?

Similar to bulimia nervosa with frequent episodes of excessive eating but without purging behaviours. It is often accompanied by a sense of loss of control and, in many cases, weight gain.

Where does compulsive eating fit with health and other eating issues?

Gender, social and cultural influences impact everyone, and many people have had, to varying degrees a preoccupation with food and weight throughout their lifetime. Recovery from body image and eating issues is possible for anyone at any stage, and seeking support as early as possible is highly recommended.  Eating issues such as bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive/binge eating fall at the extreme end of a continuum.

At one end of the continuum we have healthy eating and acceptance of body shape and size. At the other end of the continuum is disordered eating, such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating. In between sits fear of fatness, denial of appetite, emotional eating, exaggeration of body size, depression and rigid dieting.

More information on other specific eating issues

Contact us to find out more about compulsive eating or to talk about your needs.

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