Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating are the most common eating disorders.  These are food addictions that are similar yet distinct in character.  Compulsive overeating is characterised by persistent fantasies about food. Food has an irresistible allure to the compulsive overeater because it is associated with a happy or psychologically satisfying experience, either in the past or…

How many times have you heard a slender person saying that achieving the ideal weight is nothing more than calories in vs. calories out? Rather than being a disorder or disease, people think of overweight as simply a problem of having a weak will or eating too much. But the problem is far more complicated…

Eating disorders are serious abnormalities or impairments in eating behaviour that are excessive and compulsive in nature.  These range from severe overeating up to the point of extreme obesity to unhealthy reduction of food intake up to the point of starvation and emaciation.  These eating disturbances are serious enough to be considered mental illnesses requiring…

Anorexia nervosa, sometimes simply called anorexia, is an eating disorder characterised by an obsessive fear of gaining weight or appearing fat and a stubborn refusal to maintain the ideal weight for one’s age and height.  It is a form of mental illness because the individual suffers from a distorted image of his/her body shape and…