Excessive eating and/or bulimia

We all have a personal relationship with food, and most of us like to indulge in our favourite comfort foods from time to time. But sometimes through emotional overeating, we can take these indulgences and our relationship with food in general, too far. When our eating habits start to impact other areas of our life, such as our health, job or social life/relationships, they could start to become a problem.

Do I have a problem with overeating?

There is no one definition of emotional eating. Emotional overeating can be when you eat large amounts of food at once for one reason or another, followed by feelings of guilt or shame. It can also mean eating foods when you are not hungry or eating large quantities of high fat high sugar foods. Sometimes this behaviour can become a way of blocking or regulating authentic emotional experience.

The experience of emotional overeating may cause the following symptoms:

  • Eating lots of food at once
  • Eating without thinking about it
  • Feeling ashamed and guilty about eating
  • Hating your body or thinking you are fat
  • Eating in secret
  • Craving certain foods and feeling unable to resist temptation

A binge eating disorder is when you feel like you’re addicted to food and can’t stop yourself from eating, and in large quantities. You may also feel like you rely on food for emotional support or comfort.

If you have a binge eating disorder you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Eating a large amount of food (an amount most would consider large) within a specific period of time
  • A sense of lack of control over your eating during this period of time
  • Eating faster than normal in this period
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full or sick
  • Eating large amounts of food when you are not hungry
  • Obesity
  • Distress about the binge
  • Hiding what and how much you eat
  • Feeling ashamed or embarrassed following a binge
  • Health Problems associated with being overweight

What causes my overeating problem?

Understanding exactly what causes your overeating can be complex and confusing – and there isn’t a single cause.

Typically, disordered eating can result from:

  • Personality traits
  • The personal meaning that food has for you
  • Lack of information about the food you eat and the food environment
  • Confusion over conflicting media messages about food
  • Family issues
  • Traumatic life experiences
  • Social pressure
  • Physical and mental health problems

How can therapy treat my overeating problem?

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based group can help you learn about your problem, become more aware of how it impacts your life and develop healthy eating practices and learn techniques that will allow you to manage and begin to overcome your difficult relationship with food.

It has helped me realise that I am not different and silly and that people go through stuff in life. The service definitely helped me to recover. I always felt positive and reassured when I left the sessions.

Chloe, 33

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