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22 Jul 2008

how do i stop over eating?
Hi, i over eat, always have and for pretty much any reason. i went to the library to read books on over eating, and am currently on the net, just to try understand and try to fix it. im now 15 kgs over weight and sad, just sad. please help me with advise or the right direction in understanding the mind, i really have no problems doing all the research but ' over eating'  isnt bringing memuch success. thank you.
wendy newcombe
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Wendy
People overeat because of many reasons: 1) learned habits from childhood - you know the 'Clean your plate' story; 2) for comfort - food provides an emotional crutch - in such cases it is often beneficial to consult a clinical psychologist to help you unravel why you need food for emotional stability, 3) depression can cause pronounced overeating and weight gain - your dr or a psychiatrist should treat this condition 4) boredom -this can drive some people to overeat, 5) loneliness, 6) physical conditions like hormonal imbalances which would have to be identified by your dr and treated, 7) low serotonin levels in the brain caused by a lack of carbohydrates in the diet or an inborn deficiency - there are certain medications that can help. So you see there are many causes to overeating and you will have to try and sort out which one applies in your case and obtain the necessary treatment.
Hope you can get this sorted out.
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