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Unread March 31st, 2010, 07:01 AM
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Default 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.
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