You A Compulsive Overeater?
Compulsive overeating is an addictive disorder. Compulsive overeaters are unable to control their chronic obsession with food. Answering the questions below may help you determine if you are a compulsive overeater.
- Do you eat when you're not hungry?
- Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
- Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
- Do you give too much time and thought to food?
- Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
- Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
- Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it when alone?
- Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
- Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?
- Do you resent others telling you to "use a little willpower" to
- Despite evidence to the contrary, have you
continued to assert that you can diet "on your
own" whenever you wish?
- Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
- Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
- Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
- Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?
(From: Fifteen Questions, copyright 1986 by Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.)
Most compulsive overeaters will answer "yes" to
several of the questions above. If you suspect you might have a problem,
of Employee Assistance (OEA) can help you. OEA professionals are specially
trained to help people get the right help for an eating disorder like compulsive
People with eating disorders can be helped, but professional help is almost always needed to get back on track.
Why not call your OEA today at 305.348.2469?
2003 Office of Employee Assistance/Florida International University.