Over half of people in professional weight loss programs have compulsive
eating issues, and yet few diets deal with these issues. This is one reason
why an estimated 95% of diets fail. Most dieters add an additional 5 to
10 pounds every time they diet. In order to keep their weight off, compulsive
eaters must discover why they are eating too much.
Weight gain isn't the only problem compulsive eaters face. Binge eaters, compared to people who do not binge, are considerably more unhappy with their body weight and shape, feel worse about themselves, have more difficulty socializing, and are more likely to be depressed.
The questions below describe many of the common symptoms of compulsive overeating. If eating this way is a regular part of your life, you may want to consider the Mindful Eating groups and workshops, Lifestyle coaching, or Body-centered therapy described on this website.
• Do you eat when you're not hungry, at least several
times a week?
• Do you eat more than a normal person would
at any given meal or on any given day?
• Do you feel out of control when you eat?
• Do you stuff food down very rapidly when you overeat?
• Do you eat until you're uncomfortably full?
• Do you eat large amounts of food throughout the day,
without planned mealtimes?
• Do you eat alone, because you're embarrassed about how much you eat?
• Do you feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating?
• Are you preoccupied with weight and
eating to the point that it interferes with your life?