Compulsive Over-eaters are often caught in the vicious cycle of binge eating and depression. They often use food as a coping mechanism to deal with their feelings. Binge eating temporarily relieves the stress of these feelings, but is unfortunately followed by feelings of guilt, shame, disgust, and depression. Binge eating, like Bulimia, often occurs in secret. It is not uncommon for Compulsive Over-eaters to eat normally or restrictively in front of others and then make up for eating less by binging in secret. For other Compulsive Over-eaters, binges consist of “grazing” on foods all day long. Similar to Anorexics and Bulimics, Compulsive Over-eaters are constantly struggling and unhappy with their weight. The number on the scale often determines how they feel about themselves.
Medical complications can also be severe and even life threatening for Compulsive Over-eaters.