Addictive Compulsive Eating is an Eating Disorder Too!

February 3-9, 2013 is Eating Disorders Week in Canada. Addictive compulsive eaters are not usually really acknowledged, despite being a huge group of people with significantly disordered eating, with the same cause as other bulimia and anorexia.

Online PR News – 08-February-2013 – Calgary, AB – Bulimia, anorexia and binge eating are not the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders. EDNOS is. The acronym stands for Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified in the DSM 4. So most food addicts and compulsive eaters get lumped in this nondescript category, this despite the epidemic of overeating and obesity that is reported every day in North American countries.

However, the majority of all eating disorders appear to arise from the same source of brain chemistry imbalances, that create; distorted body perceptions, an increased need for approval, a chronic sensory reactivity that is soothed temporarily by starving, purging and overeating that creates an addictive cycle, including both substances and behaviors.

However, because it is viewed as a personal willpower problem, dissatisfaction with eating and weight become a problem that dieting and exercise is perceived to be the solution to. Unfortunately, many of these types of interventions can induce brain chemistry issues in someone who didn’t have them to begin with and increase imbalances in those that do.

Dr. Joel Robertson explains that compulsive eating is a symptom, not the problem itself. When brain chemistry is balanced, the symptom eases and the patterns of behavior can be changed more easily. In fact, clients of WiseHeart Wellness , an agency that provides a brain chemistry based intervention, describe a release from the obsessions and cravings surrounding food as well as more emotional stability and clearer thinking that allow them to choose healthier actions, sometimes for the first time in decades.

Former binge eater and food addict Nancy Anderson Dolan can tell you that this is seriously disordered eating. Using Robertson’s medical software she is able to see an individual’s brain chemistry profile and tailor treatment to the persons specific imbalances and symptoms. “It has been the single biggest breakthrough I have seen in treating eating disorders in the last 20 years”

Mindful Awareness Practices or MAPS are tool that WiseHeart uses to teach people to alter the cycle of addictive compulsive eating both before and after addressing brain chemistry issues. For Eating Disorder Week, anyone interested can obtain a complimentary audio download of Mindful Eating Interventions at the WiseHeart website.