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Can I Overeat Healthy Foods?

Learn if it's possible to overeat healthy foods from Allegra Broft, M.D. in this Howcast video.


Is there such a thing as over eating healthy foods? The answer to that question is a definitive yes. So overeating is simply the phenomenon of eating more food than maybe you were comfortable with. And when I'm working with patients in my private practice or up at the eating disorders clinic at Columbia I hear all sorts of different foods that are described in what's typical for a binge eating episode, for example. So there are some types of binge eating episodes that may consist of high fat, high sugar foods, junk foods, things that normally would not be considered acceptable in a persons dietary repertoire. But sometimes a person who's sort of keeping to a diet very rigidly and then winds up in an overeating episode may be putting together a binge that's made up of lettuce and fruits and low caloric density foods. So really there's no food that would be off the list of something that you can overeat on. Overeating is a psychological state associated with loss of control that really is independent of the food source, but about a behavior and a drive that feels difficult to control.

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