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4 Tips for Dealing With Compulsive Eating and Other Eating Disorders

compulsive eating and eating disorders

1. Discuss your eating disorders. Many people do not talk about this type of problem, and this can make things worse. It can be painful and emotional to discuss but this is a discussion that needs to take place. The disorder is like the elephant in the middle of the room that everyone pretends is not there. The elephant will not go away until it is recognized and addressed. Talk to a friend, a trusted family member, or a mental health professional.

2. Examine your compulsive eating patterns. Keep a detailed food diary of everything that you eat and drink each day, and make notes on how you feel and what is going on in your life for each entry as well. This can help you identify any important triggers that may lead to eating too much or not eating at all. You may notice that you tend to eat compulsively when you are sad or stressed.

3. Practice effective stress management techniques. Stress builds up, and if this is not properly managed it can cause you to eat in undesired ways or to restrict your food intake. Effective stress management techniques can keep your stress level lower and help you avoid a situation where stress causes you to change a healthy eating pattern.

4. Seek professional treatment for any eating disorders that you have. These conditions will not go away on their own, and they are very real problems just like physical illness and injury. Professional help is needed so that your condition is accurately diagnosed and properly treated. Without this step your disorder will usually become more severe over time.

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