Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Treating overeating & weight gain - a weekend for professionals by Beyond Chocolate

Counselling directory

Sophie Boss

tel: 07904125997

Event Date: 12/11/2011

Audience: Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Read More


How long do you think you think treatments/therapies should last?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Summry-A behavioral treatment for overeating, utilizing operant and respondent conditioning techniques. is described. To date, all eight patients with whom this treatment has been employed have been suazssfully treated and no negative secondary reactions have been observed.

Read The Article
Do you think that we should use behavioural therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy for compulsive overeating?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Compulsive Eating: A Large Topic


As we mentioned before, the definitions of compulsive eating, compulsive overeating, and binge eating are a bit slippery, depending on whom you ask. One clue to the problem is the nature of the food in which people tend to overindulge.

Read More
What do you think is the impact of evolution on the development of compulsive overeating?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Binge Eating & Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Eating Disorders

By Carolyn Coker Ross

Introduction: Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Compulsive Overeating (CO) are problems that affects millions of people. If you have fought to stop bingeing or overeating, if you have a struggle to cope with the emotions that accompany these behaviours, this workbook will help you.

Read The Book
Do you know of any book or research that discuss the various techniques and therapies to help those suffering from binge eating and compulsive overeating?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holidays Can Be Perilous for Compulsive Overeaters

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 8, 2010

The joy of the holiday season is often undercut by the stress of dealing with extended family, increased commitments and celebratory occasions.

Read More


What do you think has the biggest impact on those with ED during the holidays? Is it the extra food, the family ?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Online compulsive overeating counseling


Online compulsive overeating counseling is one way that a person can seek help for a food addiction problem that actually grips many people who may be obese or may have a nearly normal weight. Compulsive overeating has a number of different components to it, including binging, a sometimes secretive food life, guilt, depression and for many, a feeling of being trapped in a never ending cycle of self loathing and helplessness.

Read More
Internet is very popular theses days. Where can people find help online?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

7 Signs of Compulsive Overeating

Casa Palmera

Compulsive overeating is a serious eating disorder that is distinguished by an obsessive or compulsive relationship to food. Common signs of compulsive overeating are: * Binge eating, or not being able to control eating even when not hungry.
* Eating faster than normal.

Read More
What additional signs could we add to this list?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Compulsive Eating Shares Addictive Biochemical Mechanism With Cocaine, Heroin Abuse, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2010) — In a newly published study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity.

Read More
Considering that the same mechanism seems to exist do you think we should use the same type of therapy and techniques?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Research Examines Vicious Cycle of Overeating and Obesity

ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2010) — New research provides evidence of the vicious cycle created when an obese individual overeats to compensate for reduced pleasure from food.

Obese individuals have fewer pleasure receptors and overeat to compensate, according to a study by University of Texas at Austin senior research fellow and Oregon Research Institute senior scientist Eric Stice and his colleagues published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Read More
Do you know of any research in the neuroscience domain that encompasses ED?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Woman Vs. Food: Inside Overeaters Anonymous

The bread basket, a can of frosting, sprinkles by the spoonful — Arianne Cohen was powerless over her food cravings. So she headed to Overeaters Anonymous. But was food "abstinence" the answer?

Read more:
What are some of the advantages of an anonymous group?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Health Tip: Understanding Compulsive Overeating

ABC News
By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) - Compulsive overeating occurs when a person uncontrollably binges on large amounts of food. The affected person usually is overcome with feelings of guilt and shame.

Read More


Do you think that we can have a compulsive overeater without the purging?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Thing About Compulsive Overeating

Childhood Obesity News

The thing about compulsive overeating is, there are a lot of things about it. It’s a very hefty subject with many fascinating areas of inquiry. For women, the hormones involved in the monthly cycle are implicated as compulsive-eating triggers. But males can be compulsive eaters, too — what’s up with that?

Read More
What type of physiological factors do you think can influence the development of an ED?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Abundant Food Choices May Overwhelm Brain, Reinforce Overeating, UF Researchers Say


Authorities in the field of food addiction at the University of Florida say new research indicates that overeating and obesity problems might be effectively tackled if people would limit their food choices.

Read More
do you think variety in choices can be damaging to ones healthy eating habits?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Two Forms of Compulsive Consumption: Comorbidity of Compulsive Buying and Binge Eating

Ronald J. Faber, Gary A. Christenson, Martina de Zwaan and James Mitchell

Several authors have articulated the need for broader theories or models to account for multiple forms of compulsive or addictive consumption. Development of these broader theories requires more information regarding the overlap and interrelationship of specific consumption disorders.

Read The Article

Do you have any ideas on how we can help those with compulsive consumption?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It

A former FDA commissioner explains why people overeat -- and how to end poor eating habits.
By WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Does the ice cream in the freezer keep calling your name? Can't resist a jumbo bucket of popcorn at the movies?

Powerful forces you don't recognize may be driving you to overeat, according to a new book by former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, MD. The culprits: fat, salt, sugar, and brain chemistry.

Read more


What type of tips can you give people in order for them not to let compulsive overeating become out of hand? How do you say no?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Compulsive Eating On The Rise

CBC News HealthWatch

(AP) Grabbing a handful of cookies off the plate, stealing a roommate's food, overeating while home alone. These could be signs of compulsive overeating.

The fixation in the United States on weight is only making the disorder more prevalent, experts say. The number of support groups for people whose lives are controlled by food has grown sharply in recent years.

Read The Article
Do you think that by making people more aware of ED that this will increase its prevalence or decrease it?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Compulsive Eating On The Rise


(AP) Grabbing a handful of cookies off the plate, stealing a roommate's food, overeating while home alone. These could be signs of compulsive overeating.

Read More
How do you distinguish between someone who overeats sometimes and an overeater?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Binge Eating And Compulsive Overeating


Difference Between Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating: The Overeating disorders (Including Compulsive Overeating, and Binge Eating) are where my downfall resides. I can talk with clinical objectivity about Anorexia and Bulimia because I don't suffer from them. I can't be objective when it comes to overeating because I suffer here, and have failed to get it completely under control. Even Diabetes didn't stop me...I just decreased by 60 pounds what my acceptable overweight condition would be and then, when I dropped below it by a substantial amount, would overeat until I got to that weight again. This disorder is an obsession with overeating. Typically, we either chronically overeat or periodically binge from some emotional trigger. The chronic overeating is an addiction (compulsion) to food, like any other addiction.

Read The Article
Do you think that hearing from ED survivors can help those who are currently suffering from an ED?

Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Identify Compulsive Overeating in Your Loved One Read more: How to Identify Compulsive Overeating in Your Loved One | http://www.ehow


Characterized by not being able to stop eating, compulsive overeating usually results in weight gain. Food is a way of coping with emotions, conflicts, stress and daily problems for compulsive overeaters.

Read More
Do you think someone can be a compulsive overeater without using food as a way of coping for their problems?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Compulsive Overeating - An Emotional Malady Affecting the Heath

Eating Disorder Channel

Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder characterized by an “addiction to food”. A person suffering from compulsive disorder engages in recurrent episodes of uncontrolled eating. Just like with any other dependence, compulsive overeaters eat too much but do not purge, which usually leads them to become overweight.

Read More
Should compulsive overeating be treated like any other type of addiction?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Twelve Steps

Overeaters Anonymous

The Twelve Steps are the heart of the OA recovery program. They offer a new way of life that enables the compulsive eater to live without the need for excess food.

Read more
What do you think of OA?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eating Disorders - Compulsive Overeating

by Dolores Hempstead and Jennifer Orleans, PhD

If I were addicted to nicotine, I would flush my cigarettes down the toilet. If I were an alcoholic, I would have to stop drinking. What I am is a compulsive overeater. But how do I stop eating?

Read More

What suggestions would you offer to someone trying to stop overeating without eliminating food altogether?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The obesity epidemic: the role of addiction

  1. Valerie H. Taylor, MD PhD,
  2. Claire M. Curtis, MA,
  3. Caroline Davis, PhD
Obesity is a global health problem, and those affected require treatment by multidisciplinary treatment teams, including specialists from mental health, medicine and even surgery. Although the cause of obesity is multifaceted, it is clear that chronic overconsumption plays a fundamental role.

Read The Article
Do you think that obesity is a mental disorder or do you think its due to genetics or lack of exercise?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Centers for Overcoming Overeating

National Center for Overcoming Overeating
(New York City Office)

Read More
Please post any groups that you know that are not listed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Free yourself from out-of-control emotional eating and weight obsession and everything else becomes possible!

A Weigh Out: an end to the hopeless cycle of emotional eating and desperate dieting

A Weigh Out, and its founding organization Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, have been working with emotional, compulsive, and binge eating issues since 1993. Founder Ellen Shuman is the Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size“.

Read More
What do you think could help others leave compulsive overeating behind them?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What’s the #1 Obstacle to Quitting Overeating For Good?

Isabelle Tierney

What you get when you sign up:
My *FREE* ebook holds your hand through the biggest roadblock to ending your overeating.

Sign up or See More

What other free resources could be helpful for those suffering from ED?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The obesity epidemic: the role of addiction

  1. Valerie H. Taylor, MD PhD,
  2. Claire M. Curtis, MA,
  3. Caroline Davis, PhD
Obesity is a global health problem, and those affected require treatment by multidisciplinary treatment teams, including specialists from mental health, medicine and even surgery. Although the cause of obesity is multifaceted, it is clear that chronic overconsumption plays a fundamental role. When this type of overeating becomes compulsive and out of control, it is often classified as a “food addiction,” a label that has caused much clinical and scientific controversy.

Read The Article
Do you think that most people who are obese have an eating disorder? How can we differentiate between someone who is obese and someone who is a compulsive over eater?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Facts: Compulsive Overeating

By MindAndBody

What is compulsive overeating?
Compulsive overeating, or binge eating disorder, is a serious condition that is characterized by uncontrolled eating, followed by feelings of guilt and depression. Often, a compulsive overeater associates food with comfort and uses it to soothe stress or emotional distress. It may cause a person to continue eating even after (s)he becomes full and can result in serious health problems.

Read More
Do you think that people see the warning signs of Compulsive overeating? Or do they choose to remain blind?

Friday, October 7, 2011


Confessions of Compulsive Eating: Recovery, Resources & Food, Part 2

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Here’s part two of my interview with love2eatinpa, who writes the must-read blog Confessions of a Recovering Compulsive Eater. Below, she shares what led to her recovery from compulsive eating, how she marks the milestones, her current perspective on food, how she opened up to her daughter about her eating disorder and much more.

Read More

Tell us your story.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Food Addiction

Weight Loss Center

Although there is no one single cause for developing an eating disorder, in a society that promotes thinness as the way to health, wealth and happiness is it any wonder that people (men, women and children) perhaps without a strong sense of who they are, living with the standards and Linkexpectations of others, turn for comfort and some measure of control to the closest thing at hand. And that is food.

Read More
Should diet programs be publicized as much as they are? Or should we diminish the advertisement in that area and try to improve ED rates?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Twelfth Step Within

Overeaters Anonymous

The Twelfth-Step-Within Committee was created to reach out to those in the Fellowship who still suffer and to address the relapse and recovery of our members. The committee’s purpose is to strengthen Overeaters Anonymous by sharing information and ideas that generate recovery within the Fellowship.

Read More
What other groups or committee's do you know and where are they located?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Understanding Compulsive Eating

Healthy Place America's Mental Health Channel
Written by Judy Lightstone, MFT

Binge eating disorder, or BED follows predictable patterns. Compulsive overeating patterns can be understood by following the diet/binge cycles described below on this page. You may stay in one cycle or mover repetitively back and forth between the two, alternating periods of compulsive overeating with periods of compulsive restriction, or you may never restrict, although the wish to do so is part of what drives the binging.

Read More

Do you think that compulsive overeating can be considered an addiction?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Compulsive Overeating Treatment

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment

Unsurprisingly, when a woman suffers with compulsive overeating, treatment providers often focus too narrowly on her eating behaviors or on managing health problems associated with being overweight.

Read More
What do you think compulsive overeating is actually about (for you)?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Compulsive Eating: The Struggle to Feed the Hunger Inside

Christie L. Ward
The Teen Health Library of Eating Disorder Prevention

Food. You can't live without it. But to be healthy and happy, you need to know how to live with it. Unfortunately, food has become a serious problem for millions of people in the United States.

Read The Book
Do you know of any resourceful books on the subject of compulsive overeating?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More Sleep, Less Overeating!

Women Struggling with FOOD

By Heleen Woest

A Lack of Sleep might be one of the Key Reasons for Binging and Overeating

We all know we need sleep, but we usually underestimate the danger of not getting enough shut-eye. If you struggle with an eating disorder such as compulsive oveating, bulimia or binge eating, you have to be extra diligent in getting a good night's rest.

Read More
Do you think its possible that the reason people overeat if they do not get enough sleep may just be that they are getting their source of energy from a different location?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Appetite for life: Inspiring stories of recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating

M Ryerson - 2005 -

The Battle Within

It's hard to say goodbye, you know
To something you've depended on.
A comfort, a friend and yet a foe
My eating disorder.

Read More
Do you know of any good biographies on individuals suffering from eating disorders? If so where can they be found (online, in store)?

Friday, September 23, 2011


The most common element surviving ALL Eating Disorders
is the inherent presence of a low self esteem.


The Recovery Group is dedicated to serving compulsive eaters. Compulsive Eating is not a disease that one can take a pill for and cure. It is not something you can go on a diet, lose weight and forevermore be okay. Diets actually do great damage to a compulsive eater. Compulsive eating is incurable and serious. If you are a compulsive eater, please always remember IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. You did not cause this and you will not be able to cure it. Nevertheless, by arming yourself with knowledge about the disease and by enlightening yourself, you will be able to live a life that is happy, joyous and free and one happier, healthier and more blessed than you ever dreamed possible.

Read More
What do you think are the critical factors that leads to recovery of compulsive overeating?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Are You a Compulsive Eater?

By Tracy Olgeaty Gensler, MS, RD, Best Life Diet nutrition expert

Eating is supposed to be an enjoyable experience that leaves you feeling satisfied and energized. But for many people, eating is a stressful event: It can cause feelings of guilt and shame, and it can overpower all other thoughts.

Read More
What other famous celebrities other then Oprah tries to help those suffering with eating disorders by making the public more aware?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Exploration of food addiction in pediatric patients: A preliminary investigation

National Institue of Health
Lisa J. Merlo, Ph.D.,1 Courtney Klingman,1 Toree H. Malasanos, M.D.,2 and Janet H. Silverstein, M.D.2

The goals of the present study were to explore the possibility that symptoms of food addiction may exist for some children and to identify factors that may be associated with pediatric food addiction.

Read The Article
Do you think that eating habits are genetic or do you think they come from environmental factors such as family and friends?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chronic stress and obesity: A new view of "comfort food"

  1. Sotara Manalo
Communicated by Bruce S. McEwen, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, July 28, 2003 (received for review May 14, 2003)

The effects of adrenal corticosteroids on subsequent adrenocorticotropin secretion are complex. Acutely (within hours), glucocorticoids (GCs) directly inhibit further activity in the hypothalamo–pituitary–adrenal axis, but the chronic actions (across days) of these steroids on brain are directly excitatory. Chronically high concentrations of GCs act in three ways that are functionally congruent. (i) GCs increase the expression of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) mRNA in the central nucleus of the amygdala, a critical node in the emotional brain. CRF enables recruitment of a chronic stress-response network.

Read More
Do you think that stress leads to overeating, or are people who overeat more likely to get stressed?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Switching hands could help control overeating: Study

By Derek Abma, Postmedia News September 6, 2011

A new study from psychologists at the University of Southern California shows how subtle changes in circumstance, such as changing the hand you eat with, can result in more moderate levels of consumption, particularly if you're not even enjoying the food you're eating.

Read More
What other little tips other than switching hands do you think can help with overeating?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating Conference

Written by Staff Write

online conference transcript

Bob M is the moderator.


Bob M: Good evening everyone. We are ready to begin tonight's conference on Overeating. My name is Bob McMillan. I'm the moderator. For those of you who aren't aware, this is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At Concerned Counseling, we consider Overeating, Binge Eating, as important a disorder as Anorexia or Bulimia. Our guest tonight is Glinda West. She authored a book entitled The Fat Fairygodmother's 5 Secrets to Being Thin Forever: End your Addiction to Food and Start Your Life. Good evening Glinda and welcome to the Concerned Counseling website. I'd like to have you start by telling us a bit more about yourself and your own experiences with overeating.

Read More


Do you know of any conferences being held online about eating disorders?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Compulsive Overeating & Depression

Eating Disorders Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating Help

Several studies are available linking depression and compulsive overeating. When people are depressed they’re more likely to overeat, and overeating increases their depression. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s very hard to break free of. Compulsive overeating, also known as binge eating, is when you consume a large amount of food in a short amount of time. Binge eating is characterized by the following:

Read More


What other psychological disorders do you think can lead to eating disorders?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What Is Compulsive Overreating

What Is Compulsive Overeating
By Sandra Kim Leong

Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder than is characterized by a severe addiction to food. Just like with any other addiction, when you suffer from this disorder, you constantly crave for food even though you do not need to consume all that much.

Compulsive overeating is often confused with binge eating, which is a similar, but more serious eating disorder. Binge eating is also characterized by uncontrollable acts of overeating. However, the main difference is that binge eating carries with it a more emotional and psychological impact in comparison.

For example, if you suffer from compulsive overeating, you generally feel joyful after a meal. You feel that your craving is satisfied although you may have exaggerated the amount that you ate.

On the other hand, if you suffer from binge eating, you do not feel joyful after the meal but a sense of guilt, depression and disgust that you have not been able to control yourself with regards to the portions that you ate. You become overly concerned that your last meal just caused you a few extra pounds and that the extra weight is going to have a severe impact on your body shape. You start to imagine the worst in how you look.

As depression is largely absent in the case of compulsive eating, it is considered less dangerous than binge eating, since it has a reduced chance of turning into bulimia. However, compulsive eating can gradually turn into a binge eating disorder if you become affected emotionally and psychologically about your body shape and weight.

The causes for both forms of eating disorders are similar, however. Both are emotional or psychological in nature. Just like smoking, it is not the body that craves the cigarette, but the mind. You may use food as a self-medication to get over your daily problems and this habit quickly turns into an addiction that you cannot get rid of. Or it may be the case that you have been emotionally abused. Or that you have just undergone a bad breakup with your partner.

The fact that compulsive overeating can hardly be separated from binge eating at times makes it difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose your condition. For whatever it is, both conditions need to be treated as soon as the first signs appear. Your eating disorder can escalate to the more serious bulimia if you ignore getting treatment.

Eating disorders are becomming a common affliction especially with young women nowadays. For more information and resources,please visit this site http://www.eating-disorder-research/com.

Article Source:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder And Compulsive Overeating Treatment Tips

According to the National Institutes of Health, 2 percent of all U.S. adults suffer from compulsive overeating—making binge eatingdisorder or yo yo dieting more common than bulimia or anorexia. Unlike other eating disorders, which primarily occur in women, binge eating disorder also affects a significant number of men. Binge eating usually begins in late adolescence or early adulthood, often after a major diet. But most people don't seek help until much later when weight gain from their binge eating is causing health problems. It is for this reason that many compulsive overeating treatmentcenters have come up in Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, CA.
Most experts believe that it takes a combination of things to develop an eating disorder — including a person's genes, emotions, and experience.
Biological causes of binge eating disorder
Studies show that biological abnormalities contribute to binge eating. For example, the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls appetite) may not be sending correct messages about hunger and fullness. Researchers have also found a genetic mutation that appears to cause food addiction. Finally, there is evidence that low levels of the brain chemical serotonin play a role in compulsive eating. Such cases need binge eating treatment.
Psychological causes of binge eating disorder
Depression and binge eating are strongly linked. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, up to half of all binge eaters are either depressed or have been before. There is further evidence that low self-esteem, loneliness, and body dissatisfaction are involved in compulsive overeating. People needing compulsive overeating treatment may also have trouble with impulse control and managing and expressing their feelings.
Social and cultural causes of binge eating disorder
Social pressure to be thin can add to the shame binge eaters feel and fuel their emotional eating. The way one is raised can also increase the risk for binge eating disorder. Some parents unwittingly set the stage for bingeing by using food to comfort, dismiss, or reward their children. Children who are exposed to frequent critical comments about their bodies and weight are also vulnerable.
Effects of binge eating disorder
People with binge eating disorder report more health issues, stress, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder. Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are common side effects as well. Binge eating also interferes with a person's relationships and career.
Binge eating support and Treatment - Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, CA
It can be difficult to overcome binge eating and food addiction. Unlike other addictions, your "drug" is necessary for survival, so you don't have the option of avoiding it. Instead, you must develop a healthier relationship with food—a relationship that's based on meeting your nutritional needs, not your emotional ones.
Overcoming binge eating disorder also involves getting emotional eating under control. Eating right and listening to your body is an essential step in stopping binge eating. Other strategies that help include practicing relaxation techniques, staying connected to family and friends, and making time for things you enjoy as part of your daily schedule.

Originally published by Abbie Ryan on September 17, 2010 on SooperArticles