Compulsive-Eating Disorder requires genuine appropriate professional medical treatment. Period. And now.

Compulsive-Eating often means subconscious food addiction causes are at work in this obsessive behavior.



What is Compulsive-Eating?

Compulsive-Eating Disorder is a medical problem, you should see your personal physician if you experience such problem behavior.

Our following information is not medical treatment. It is only intended to be informational and educational.

One of the difficulties in working with food addiction issues as contrasted with alcohol or drug addiction, is that, with those behaviors abstinence and sobriety means you either drink or you don’t drink. But everyone has to eat something.

What is too much or too little is highly individual. The subconscious causes of this obsessive food addiction behavior becomes a major issue in treatment. Changing your personal eating habits/behavior become the issue.

Eating can be to try to fill a vacuum of love hunger or low self-esteem. Conversely these folks may also desire added pounds to protect themselves from the very love and intimacy they seek.

Using food as a denial of sexuality is using food addiction to avoid intimacy. Over-eaters may also eat to rebel, to control, and to try to feed the hungry heart. There is no single thread of compulsive eating.

But you can’t really get from outside what should and must come from inside. Discover how Binge-Eating relates to Compulsion.


Addictions-Recovery means finding internal satisfactions.

Food Addiction is a national pastime. Escape.

As a background to our food addiction, there is the massive obese and over-weight America. Weight loss and dieting are constant major preoccupations.

We, Americans, spend approximately 50 billion dollars a year on trying to lose weight and keep it off. Most of us are over-weight. Women lead the diet pack, for many reasons. Primarily because:

Diets Don’t Work because food and weight are the symptoms not the problem. Focusing on weight is a distraction for using food when we are not hungry. Up until now a socially acceptable addiction. But, things have gotten out of control.

The real issues have to do with neglect, trust, love, sexual and physical abuse, rage, grief, discrimination and self protection. Simply put, food is love. Self love.

Compulsion is despair on the emotional level.

Food and love confusion. Compulsion leaves no room for love. As real love expands, compulsion diminishes. Control is the key.

“I know that Dark Chocolate loves me.”“A refrigerator can’t break my heart.”

“But, George or Betty can.” SBO means Sidetracked By Obesity, Explore.


Compulsive-Eating often means subconscious food addiction causes are at work in this obsessive behavior.

Compulsive-Eating is a metaphor for the way we live, it is also a metaphor for how we love.

Excessive fantasizing, creating drama, and the need to control. We attempt to force feed the hungry heart. It is often a bottomless pit.

Wanting what is forbidden or out-of-reach is behavior which prevents us from finding joy in food or relationships.

Some of the same guidelines that enable us to break free of obsessive compulsive eating also enable us to be intimate with another human being.

1. Learning to stay in the now, the present.

2. Starting to value ourselves.

3. Allowing our inner child to have a voice.

How we got here.

We often become compulsive about food because we have something to hide. Healing is about opening our hearts, not closing them. It is about softening the places in us that won’t let love in.

The essence of compulsion is the belief that the power to fill ourselves, to make us whole, rests outside of us. If we feel that something or someone can right what is wrong, then we can become compulsive about having it always. Compulsion is not necessarily about a substance or an activity. We are compulsive because of the way we feel about ourselves. There is a quality to the way we live our lives that is either compulsive or nor compulsive.

The hallmark of compulsion is the inability to know when we have had enough. Of anything. Food, work, love, success, money. This inability runs through all addictions.

But, the hardest part about compulsion is that when the behavior ends, the emptiness does not. Consider if your obesity is indeed a Family Affair.

Compulsive-Eating Disorders involve people who are eating to satisfy emotional hungers.

There are hungers of which we may or may not be consciously aware.

These compulsive eaters may be a few pounds or a few hundred pounds over-weight. The problem is often more than a little belly fat or occasional binge eating at the local trough.

The issue is not how much the person weighs, but his or her reason for compulsive eating.

These folks may be addicted to food just as an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol or the alcoholic is addicted to work.

This intense emotional reliance on something on the outside to make us feel good on the inside is called “codependency.”

Until and unless the causes of this behavior are identified, we will never be free from a serious codependent relationship with food addiction.

Compulsive-Eating is just one type of eating disorder. Two other types are anorexia and bulimia. Emotional dynamics of all three disorders as well as the principles of recovery are similar.

Both, anorexia and bulimia are serious often life threatening problems and require appropriate medical help. Now.

Anorexia is a chronic self-starvation to more than twenty percent below the ideal body weight.

Anorexia is an eater’s attempt to control something in his or her environment ---by controlling food. Feeding the hungry heart gone over the top.

Bulimia is a compulsive over eating to fill love hunger, then purging is done with self-induced vomiting, laxatives, or diet pills.

Bulimics then feel empty, so they binge again; then they feel guilty, so they purge again. A vicious circle like most diets. Do you have the Mind of an Addict?

Diets keep us focused outside ourselves; have the courage to let yourself heal.

Diets and food plans perpetuate the child in each of us who was treated with mistrust and restrictions.

The fact is we eat the way we live. What we do with food, we do with our lives. Eating is a stage upon which we act out our beliefs about ourselves.

As compulsive eaters we use food to somatize our deepest fears, dreams, and convictions. Something is wrong when we are using food to express and control our emotions.

When we break free from compulsive-eating by unplugging from diets, rules, food plans, and the resulting self-punishment; we stop being victims.

Giving up our obsession with food addiction means giving up our compulsive eating and the pain it brings, giving up our protection from intimacy.

When we allow our pain to be visible, we give it a voice. And when we give our pain a voice, we can release ourselves from it. From Compulsive-Eating: We can learn to let go pain. See how:


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Interesting 2005 entry on Compulsive Eating



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