9 Signs Your Powerless Over Food

Compulsive overeating is probably more common than you think. Especially during times of crisis-like right now!

The good news is that experts understand the power food can have over people now more than ever – which means people can seek help without fear of judgment or shame.

How do you know if compulsive overeating is a problem for you and how do you know when it’s time to seek help?

Check out today’s article to learn the common markers of compulsive overeating from Overeaters Anonymous. And if you’re struggling in this area, know you’re not alone. Support is available. Reach out for help – I'm here for you.

Addictive Eating: Are You Powerless Over Food?

We are just emerging from the holiday season. And whether you were able to gather with friends and family or not we still feasted merrily on pies and potatoes, turkey and ham and all of the fixings that many of us dearly enjoy. For me, it's the chocolates and cookies I have trouble saying no to.

I can be very good and not even feel the cravings most of the time, but once I start to overindulge it becomes difficult for me to stop.

There is another side to this pretty picture, too.

What if our extra consumption of calories during the winter is fueled not by good cheer and companionship, but by anxiety? And, further, what if it’s not the gathering of loved ones that we most look forward to, but the food that we can’t get out of our minds?

This year many of us had to forgo the large family gatherings once again and yet we still ate all the food.

Also, the stress and anxiety of the past couple of years has been unavoidable. And now, for many of us we are facing more restrictions and lock downs keeping us from our loved ones and being able to do the things that we love. Add to the mix the anxiety caused by a sputtering economy and many of us might find ourselves reaching for “comfort” food.

An anxiety-provoked behavior, such as overeating, is an attempt to cope with that anxiety, but as with most such behaviors, it can become a problem itself. Overeating can become a compulsion and lead to health issues such as diabetes and obesity.

This is not to say that you should reflexively turn down that second piece of pumpkin pie, but if you were dreaming of that pie for days and if, in fact, you care more about that pie than the people around you, then you may have a problem that needs attention.

According to Overeaters Anonymous, here are a few other common markers of compulsive eating: