Are You a Compulsive Eater?

Compulsive eating at dinner

Are You Guilty of Being a Compulsive Eater?

Being compulsive means there is an internal force that causes a person to do something against their will or better judgement. For example, A compulsive liar is a person who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal way of responding to questions. Yet, they could not tell you why they do it. Just as you may not know why you always want to eat.

We’re going to share the signs of a compulsive eater. If you think this is you, be brutally honest with yourself when considering the questions. If you think you known someone who is a compulsive eater but is unaware, gently let them know. Or perhaps you can recommend this information to them.

A compulsive eater can learn to control themselves. The first step is in realizing they have the problem. Being aware of it makes a world of difference. From there, one can try to help themselves. If the problems is severe, it may be best to seek professional help. Talk to your doctor in a case like this.
A compulsive eater at dinner

  • Think about food a lot.
  • Eat to relieve worry or stress.
  • Continue to eat even after feeling sick from eating too much.
  • Become anxious while eating.
  • Daydream or worry while eating.
  • Overeat.
  • Eat too fast.
  • Eat everything on the plate.
  • Feel guilty when you eat.
  • Eat secretly.
  • Cannot eat one cookie, or any treat that you really like.
  • Binge after a diet.
  • Hunger makes you feel fearful and uncomfortable.

Note that a compulsive eater is not the same as an emotional eater. Emotional eating is a whole different ball game. You can learn more about this problem by reading our article on Emotional Eating.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing