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The first thing that comes to mind when we hear that someone has an eating disorder is that the person has a problem with food. But eating disorders are not a sign that a person has a problem
with food, rather eating disorders are actually only the symptoms of underlying problems in that person's life. With proper treatment, people can fully recover.

Here bellow are a few examples of eating disorders

Example 1   Compulsive overeating
Example 2  Anorexia

Compulsive overeating is regarded as uncontrollable eating and consequent weight gain.

Compulsive overeaters use food as a help to cope with stress, emotional problems that go on in their daily lives. The food acts
as a barrier to block out feelings and emotions. Compulsive overeaters usually are aware their eating patterns are abnormal.
Like bulimic, compulsive overeaters are aware they have a problem.
Research has food that compulsive overeating usually starts in early childhood when eating patterns are formed. Most people
who become compulsive eaters have never learned the correct way to deal with stressful situations and have turned to food as a way of coping. Some victims of overeating disorders feel that being overweight will keep others at a distance and make them less
attractive. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, there are a high proportion of male overeaters.
In present society, compulsive overeating is not yet taken seriously enough. Instead of being treated for the serious problem they have, they are instead directed to diet centres and health spas. Like anorexia and bulimia, compulsive overeating is a serious problem and can result in death. With the proper treatment, which should include therapy, medical and nutritional counselling,
it can be overcome.

Signs and Symptoms  
Physical/Medical Complications
Binge eating
Weight gain
Fear of not being able to stop eating voluntarily
Hypertension or fatigue
Heart ailments
Self-deprecating thoughts following binges
Mobility problems
Withdrawing from activities because of weight
Going on many different diets
Eating little in public, while maintaining a high weight
Believing they will be a better person when thin
Sleep depravation
Feelings about self - based on weight
Toxaemia during pregnancy
Social and professional failures attributed to weight
High blood pressure
Feeling tormented by eating habits
Shortness of breath / High Cholesterol levels
Weight is focus of life
Cardiac arrest and death


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