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Compulsive Overeating usually occurs in secret and evidence is often hidden from others.

What is Compulsive Overeating?

Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder that is classified by unhealthy bouts of binge eating followed by depression. For individuals struggling with compulsive overeating disorder, food is used as a method of coping with unwanted feelings. For many binge eaters, excessive eating can temporarily numb them to all that is going on around them. Binges can vary greatly in terms of the amount of food that is eaten and the duration of each binge.

Compulsive Overeating Behavior


Many individuals who struggle with compulsive overeating disorder experience episodes that last an throughout a specific day, in which an individual consumes more than normal on that day. While compulsive overeating might temporarily relieve unwanted feelings of stress, binges are often followed by intense feelings of guilt, shame, depression and disgust. Binges are mostly conducted in secret and binge eaters tend to mask the evidence from others.

It’s fairly common for an individual with compulsive overeating disorder to eat normal or even smaller-than-normal portions in front of others and then eat large portions later in private. Food addicts commonly visit fast food restaurants late at night, while their family or friends are asleep. They might also hide a secret stash of junk food.

Compulsive Overeating Triggers

Compulsive overeating disorder is often triggered by psychological factors. Eating can become a means of self-medication to mask the effects of psychological disorders, if only temporarily. Some compulsive overeating triggers include:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Interpersonal stress
• Boredom
• Body image dissatisfaction
• Prolonged dieting

A Negative Body Image

Like individuals with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, compulsive overeaters are habitually dissatisfied with their appearance and weight. Their self-worth is often tied to the number they see on the scale. They therefore engage in dieting and food restriction as a way of life.

Each new diet that a food addict tries attempts to fight the overeating. The compulsive overeater might experience some weight loss at first, but eventually most diets end in failure and the weight lost is put back on. The devastating cycle thus continues.

Compulsive Overeating Symptoms

Symptoms of compulsive overeating include:

  • Hiding food
  • Binge eating
  • Eating when full
  • Eating in private due to embarrassment or shame
  • Fixation with body weight, shape or size
  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Habitual dieting
  • Rapid fluctuations in weight

Medical Complications from Compulsive Overeating

Medical complications that accompany compulsive overeating disorder can be life-threatening. Some severe medical complications might include diabetes, hypertension and cardiac problems.

Please visit our Medical Complications page for a complete list of potential complications from compulsive overeating disorder.

Compulsive Overeating Treatment and Lifelong Recovery

When treating compulsive overeating disorder, the body and the mind often require equal levels of care. At Rader Programs we understand the complexity of this disorder and will work with you to build a treatment program that fits in with your lifestyle. Much like bulimia and anorexia nervosa, compulsive overeating disorder is a disease that can’t be cured simply through willpower.

Depending on your individual needs, we offer varying levels of care including a 24-hour program, a daycare program, a family program that involves your loved ones in your recovery process, and continued care. Let Rader Programs create the compulsive overeating disorder treatment program that will keep you healthy for life.

Getting Help for Compulsive Overeating

If eating disorders are left untreated, they can be fatal. In addition to being life-threatening, eating disorders can tear families apart and ruin lives. At Rader programs, we’re committed to developing a compulsive overeating treatment plan that can rebuild your body, mind and spirit. We will also help you achieve a balanced lifestyle by working with you to rebuild your personal relationships.

Our interdisciplinary staff works around the clock to provide you with individualized care and put you on the road to complete recovery.

Let Rader Programs help you achieve a happier, healthier future.

For more information on Rader Programs’ compulsive overeating program and other treatment plans call 1.800.841.1515 or request a free assessment today.