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Any have an idea to help someone who is a compulsive over-eater stop?

A friend of mine is a compulsive over-eater and has asked me for advice and I told her to go to her doctor but she's embarassed and doesn't want to....any ideas?

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Asked by Sammi007 at 9:53 PM on May. 1, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • She needs therapy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • well at this point i think going to the doctor is her best bet. if she is still embarrassed to go to the doctor i guess she has not hit rock bottom yet.. imo true desperation knows no shame.

    Answer by gwen20 at 9:55 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • She should see a doctor at this point. She shouldn't be embarrass because they are there to help. I'm sure they deal with things like this all the time. I hope she finds what she needs :)

    Answer by amberdawnbarr at 10:02 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • She reallly needs to talk to a therapist who is trained to deal with these types of issues. There are underlying issues that need to be addressed and a therapist can help her get to them. Tell her there is nothing to be embarrassed about, we all have something that we are dealing with in our lives, this is just her thing. Good luck.

    Answer by Kelly502 at 9:41 AM on May. 2, 2011

  • She needs to go to the doctor, and possibly get therapy. It sounds like she is relying on food to fulfill other needs (ex. emotional).

    But aside from that.....

    Measure out portion sizes of EVERY component of EVERY meal, drink, and snack, using measuring cups. The rest is self-discipline.

    Answer by Mousuke at 2:30 PM on May. 2, 2011

  • I agree with the others, she needs to see a therapist that has special training in eating disorders and/or compulsions. There are generally underlying issues with these sorts of things, and unless she gets to the root of the issues, she will never truly heal. It's definitely not easy, but offer her some gentle guidance, and even offer to go with her (bring a book to wait in the waiting room). Just remember, you can always lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. Maybe give her the names and numbers of some local therapists, and let her take the reigns from there. Good luck!!

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:05 AM on May. 3, 2011

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