The combination of words in this title is seldom read or heard spoken by people struggling with weight gain, or promoters of the latest diet fad. The most common struggle for a person who experiences alternate weight gain/weight loss tends to revolve around certain desirable foods such as sweets, carbs such as bread and pasta, or red meat. There is a consistent struggle to control, resist such foods and to implement portion control and/or exercise more to “burn off” the calories that come with such foods.
The most common activity for persons who fit the above descriptions is chasing the new diet that family and friends are talking about, approaching it with the same old expectations but eventually getting the same results: initial success in terms of weight loss but eventually re-gaining the weight plus more.
Over Eating Disorder is often described as an addiction and for a good reason, the severity of desperation with which one approaches eating with the experience of always wanting more. Notice that what is being described here is different than binge eating on a particular type of food that occurs randomly. This Disorder involves a person who cannot stop consuming food regardless of the damage to health it is causing. As noted above most people who struggle with their weight do so because of certain foods that they periodically cannot resist. This Disorder involves people who eat all types of food without showing preferences, and results are generally gorging on as much food as possible to stop the hunger feeling that happens only for short periods of time.
This behavior is obviously destructive, physically and mentally, and contributes to heart disease, diabetes, digestive issues, obesity as well as depression, social isolation, decreased energy, relationship discord, and low self- esteem. It becomes an addiction like alcoholism, progressive and fatal, if not interrupted with effective treatment. In most cases there are multiple causes, from biological to psychological. There may be hormonal imbalances and abnormalities in the brain structure which fuels the addiction. Conversely, any form of emotional trauma, coupled with failure to cope over a period of time,could trigger binge eating in order to relieve the pain and cope with the abuse or loss.
The same is true with Anorexia, an Under Eating Disorder, progressive and fatal and most often caused by one’s need to have an element of control in his/her life.