What exactly causes a compulsive eating disorder? Most experts agree that the exact causes are unknown. Experts also believe that this condition could begin in childhood if the child uses food to relieve stress or as a comfort food. This could result in a person developing this disorder.
Practically half the people that suffer from a compulsive eating disorder also suffer from depression. Experts are uncertain if the depression causes the eating disorder or if it is the other way around. Potentially, there are physical problems that could cause an eating problem. A problem in a person's hypothalamus could cause an eating disorder. This part of the brain controls and monitors your appetite.
If this part of your brain fails to send the proper signals, a person could continue to eat even if they are full. An imbalance in serotonin will also play a role in compulsive eating disorder. A serotonin imbalance can lead to depression, so you can see how an eating disorder and depression could be linked.
People who have a compulsive eating disorder know that they overeat. The problem causes them much embarrassment, but they cannot stop overeating. They will usually be successful in hiding the condition from their friends and family, thus it is a secretive disorder. A compulsive eating disorder will also increase the possibility of other health problems as well. One obvious health risk is being overweight. Many of the people that are overweight suffer from this over eating condition.
Another problem that can occur from compulsive over eating is a nutrition deficiency. This occurs because the person usually overeats on sugary foods and foods high in fat content, especially foods that lack the proper vitamins and nutrients we need to stay healthy.
A compulsive eating disorder can also lead to such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gallbladder problems and high cholesterol as well.
Most people that suffer from a compulsive eating disorder must seek help from a physician or clinic. It is very difficult to control this issue without help. Some people feel that they can treat the issue themselves by trying different fad diets. This usually just results in a yo-yo cycle of dieting. The best option for getting over this condition is to seek professional help as soon as possible.