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How to Overcome a Compulsive Eating Disorder

Learn how to overcome a compulsive eating disorder from Allegra Broft, M.D. in this Howcast video.


So, the number one step that I would say is crucial to overcoming compulsive eating problems is to get help from somebody. Get help from a professional that knows compulsive eating and its origins and possible treatment. So, that could be working with a mental health professional, it could be working with a nutritionist, for some people, it may be through group support, and for some people, it may be through a treatment center. Compulsive eating means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, so the precise way in which a person can overcome compulsive eating sort of depends on the precise nature of what that compulsive eating problem is to them. But a professional can go through with you, figure out if there are nutritional factors contributing to the compulsive eating style, if there are emotional or psychological factors contributing to the compulsive eating style, which is often the case, since compulsive eating is often something that's engaged in to soothe or deal with feelings of low mood or anxiety. There can be some simple behavioral measures that can be put into place with the oversight of a therapist to help with compulsive eating, behavioral strategies to help stabilize eating through the day. Whatever the nature of the problem, working with a professional is a first step to really, sort of figuring out what your vulnerabilities are and how to get you back to a point of stable eating and recovery from these problems.

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