Thursday, December 3, 2009

Compulsive Overeating?

Today, I started wondering if perhaps I have an eating disorder. Not anorexia or bulimia nervosa, but maybe a compulsive overeating disorder.

Signs and Symptoms:  Source:
  • Binge eating
  • Fear of not being able to stop eating voluntarily
  • Depression (yes)
  • Self-deprecating thoughts following binges (yes)
  • Withdrawing from activities because of embarrassment about weight (yes)
  • Going on many different diets (yes)
  • Eating little in public, while maintaining a high weight (yes)
  • Believing they will be a better person when thin (yes)
  • Feelings about self based on weight (yes)
  • Social and professional failures attributed to weight (yes)
  • Feeling tormented by eating habits (yes)
  • Weight is focus of life(yes)                                                                

So out of these signs of an eating disorer I have 10 of the signs. Is it possible that I have an eating disorder? Absolutely. But, is it more likely that I am inventing this and looking for an excuse to blame my problems on something other than myself? That is more likely.

Every year when I go for my physical, I hope that my doctor is going to tell me that I have some kind health problem that is the root cause of my weight gain and really, its not my fault. Now that I have come to realize that I am constructing this in my head, I am able to come to terms with it. I don't like looking the way that I do, but at the same time, it's hard to make myself fully accountable.

I don't think that it would be heathy for me accept this verdict, especially a self-diagnosed verdict. I've considered going to my doctor but I don't feel that she listens to what I have to say, or is not concerned about looking below the surface of why I am the way I am, and weigh what I do. I tell her that I'm tired and she can tell that I've gained weight every year, so she sends me for blood tests to check for diabetes and make sure my thyroid is in proper working order, but every year, I don't hear anything back from her so I assume that everything is normal. But I'm still tried and still gaining weight.

I've talked briefly about my father's role in this whole situation. He has sleep apnea because he weighs so much and was tested for that at a sleep lab. It would account for why I'm always tired but I don't know if that's what it is. It's probably just because I'm overweight and my body has to work harder.

Until I find out that I really have an eating disorder, I will do my best to lose weight my own way. I have started following weight watchers again and working out with my friend Bailey for the past few weeks at Curves. I haven't weighed myself in the last few days, but I was down to 232.5lbs which is a progress of two pounds! I should celebrate every pound as an accomplishment, because it really is! It is a pound that I will never see again (knock on wood!) and a pound closer to my goal!


  1. I'm not a medical practitioner, but I'm in recovery for an eating disorder, and in reading your blog it seems that you may benefit from talking to a specialist in eating disorders. What if you looked at it as not "looking for an excuse" but as an opportunity to get to the root cause of what you're ACTUALLY overeating about?

    In my treatment program, we try to separate ourselves from our eating disorder, but the point of doing that is to heal. It's not to remove our own culpability. It's to help us differentiate between our healthy selves--the one that wants us to eat tasty, healthful food--and our eating disorder, which wants us to overeat to numb out pain, or undereat to do exactly the same thing.

    I wish you luck! If you're interested you can follow my recovery on my blog:

  2. I used to have an eating disorder as well thats why I can relate to your blog. However like what she said you really need to seek professional help. I thought I can do it without help but I failed. Maybe it will help if you check out this facility they helped me with eating disorder recovery


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