Bulimia/Eating Disorders/Uncoordinated Feeding

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Hello,

I'm a 40 year old man who is rather over weight and also with a large belly.

I have observed that when i face a lot of stress and frustration i have a craving for food and then after eating i feel tired and heavy and unhappy about it.

The unfortunate thing is that i always go back to eating when under stress. I have been able to reduce drinking and smoking but i still eat a lot and also late in the night. I have tried various means to control this but to know avail, and I'm now worried about my health

please advice on a way out.

Thank you

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Jeanne Rust, PhD
Jeanne Rust, PhD  
Dear Afolabi,

What you're describing is a typical condition for someone who is, indeed, under a great deal of stress.  You're using overeating as a way of dealing with stress in your life.  I also know that you're suffering from some depression and anxiety.

Go to your doctor and get some medication for depression and anxiety.  This will help you quite a lot!  Also there is a great book by Christopher Fairburn (amazon.com) that is called Overcoming Over-eating.  It has a plan on how to stop the compulsive eating.

I'm so glad that you wrote, Afolabi.  I can really relate to your struggles.  Another thought for would be for you to look up the kinds of foods that have a low glycemic index.  Eat those foods -- starches, fats, and sugars have high glycemic indexes and will cause you to crave foods much faster than if you're eating protein and fruits and vegetables.

Please let me know how you do!

Warmly,
Jeanne Rust, PhD
CEO/Founder
Mirasol, Inc.
www.mirasol.net
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Jeanne Rust, PhD

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I have been treating eating disorders for over 25 years and I have a doctorate in clinical psychology. I am an expert in anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders and in co-occurring disorders as well -- depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. I was the official eating disorder therapist for the University of Arizona athletic department and love working with girls and women of all ages! 12 years ago I started my own treatment centers in Arizona where we treat adolescents and adults. I love working with people and have been helping people online since 1994. My hearts go out to the people out there who are unable to find help, who aren't sure whether they need help, and who don't have much of an understanding of the terrible consequences, emotionally and physically, that go hand in hand with the eating disorder. I view eating disorders as coping mechanisms that people use when they are under stress. I believe that eating disorders most times have many similarities whether it is anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. The good news is that people can heal from an eating disorder and learn to create the lives they would like to live.

Experience

I have been treating eating disorders for almost 23 years. I have been in private practice as well as running my own treatment program, Mirasol. I believe that people can be cured from their eating disorders -- that they are not always recovering. I am knowledgeable about co-occurring disorders as well -- depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. I was the official eating disorder therapist for the University of Arizona athletic department and love working with girls and women of all ages!

Organizations
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Academy of Eating Disorders

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PhD in Clinical Psychology

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