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Compulsive Eating Disorder Overview

What is a compulsive eating disorder?
A person with a compulsive eating disorder is unable to control how much food he or she eats, or is unable to control how often he or she eats. Without therapy, a person with compulsive eating disorder becomes obese. The cause for compulsive eating disorder is unknown.

What are the symptoms of a compulsive eating disorder?
Symptoms of compulsive eating disorder include overeating, rapid eating, and preoccupation with weight. Other symptoms include repeated failed diets, depression, and problems with relationships.

How does the doctor treat a compulsive eating disorder?
Treatment for compulsive eating disorder may include mental health counseling, group therapy, and antidepressant medications for eating disorders.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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