Clinical Diagnosis of Compulsive Overeating
Binge eating, or constant ‘grazing’ of food throughout the day above what would be considered usual for most people. Compulsive overeaters continue eating even when they feel uncomfortably full. These eating habits cause shame, guilt and embarrassment for people, so food tends to be eaten secretly and alone.
Obesity is a direct consequence of compulsive overeating. Between thirty and ninety percent of obesity cases are thought to be associated with binge eating or compulsive overeating disorders.
Nutritional deficiencies are common. Although large amounts of food are consumed, this tends to be high fat, sugary foods that lack essential nutrients and vitamins.
Depression is common.