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jpomerantz June 25th, 2009 01:25 AM

CBT for compulsive overeating
Hello, I'm looking for an easily accessible article or book chapter on CBT for compulsive overeating; in the case of this particular client, the eating problem is heavily intertwined with depression (feels very depressed about wieght etc.) but has trouble pinpointing ATs before the eating episodes... reports "feeling better" after eating - but then falls into depressive cognitions regarding weight, lack of self control, etc.

James Pretzer July 17th, 2009 11:46 AM

Re: CBT for compulsive overeating
The following sound promising but I haven't read them myself:
Eating Disorders and Obesity—a Comprehensive Handbook,. 2nd ed, edited by Christopher G Fairburn and Kelly D Brownell
reviewed at:

The Management of Eating Disorders and Obesity, 2nd ed. By Albert J. Stunkard and David Joel Goldstein

The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook
By Carolyn Coker Ross, M.D., MPH

A PowerPoint presentation on Binge Eating can be downloaded at
Does anyone have other suggestions?

jpomerantz August 2nd, 2009 04:52 AM

Re: CBT for compulsive overeating
Thank you so so much for the resources -- the powerpoint looks really good. I really appreciate it :)

claesjanson February 9th, 2010 09:21 AM

Re: CBT for compulsive overeating
What's important is to stop judging and start accepting! Self acceptance is not easy, and it's not a free pass to do what you want, but it is a way to admit that we can be fallible and that everyone has their own personal value. This is the thing that matters most.

jhonearcher March 31st, 2010 07:01 AM

Re: CBT for compulsive overeating
There are several criteria which are associated with people with eating problems. When eating habits are different from an earlier period of a clients life they can present as: -

* Reducing food intake significantly until the caloric intake is so low that the person is starving themselves.
* Continuous thoughts, feelings, and images connected to body shape and image, body weight and their relation to eating itself.
* Deterioration in physical health and well-being due to eating problems (indigestion, stomach acidity, tiredness, fatigue, sleep problem, nervousness etc.)
* Self destructive behaviours connected to the above symptoms: binging and purging (vomiting), use of laxatives, and/or intense and unrelenting exercise regime.

The statistics for eating disorders are that they are often seen in young women and adolescents, with Bulimea Nervosa affecting 2% of young women. Anorexia Nervosa is less common and affects 3 out of every 1000 young women. The predominant sufferers are female and 20% of university and college students are shown to have some symptoms associated with an eating problem.

Carlns June 9th, 2010 08:35 AM

Re: CBT for compulsive overeating
Compulsive eating disorder is not necessarily a case of depression, but on a lighter side can be associated with a inferior complexity. CBT helps to identify where the real problem lies. Food is considered to give emotional comfort and this results in overeating and as a result of this, the weight-gain starts which accounts to further loss of self-esteem. Now, to escape this feeling, one starts to find a comfort zone and eating is one of them. So, its a viscious circle and how to break out of this, is where the solution lies.

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