Typically, a food addict will usually eat when he is not hungry and they go beyond the point of being full. Compulsive eating bouts are most usually followed by bouts of guilt, frustration and depression. Compulsive overeaters are often addicts just like any smoker, drinker or a drug addict. Their substance of addiction may be different but the ill-effects of the addiction are as worse as any other substance abuse. Overeating can lead to many complications beginning from obesity to heart troubles. And the mental troubles are ten-fold. Apart from the guilt that wrecks the person, overeaters will usually carry a lot of emotional hurt and an excess of low self esteem.
So what causes overeating? Medical conditions apart, some overeaters, like any other addicts, operate out of a void and this they seek to fill with eating whenever possible. In other cases, overeaters can be wrapping themselves in layers of fat to ‘insulate’ themselves from emotional hurts and other traumatic events. The roots of these lay in the past – usually childhood. What begins initially as eating whenever they are idle, the habit soon changes into gorging themselves when they are upset. And some also eat when they are tensed.
Compulsive overeating can be very effectively dealt with Hypnotherapy. The therapy is very similar to the treatment used for any other addiction when the client is found to be operating out of void. In case of the roots being in traumatic events in the past, classic regression methods are very effective.
It may take anywhere between 3 and 10 sessions to treat compulsive overeating. However, it has to be understood that the client would not become physically slender by the end of the therapy. The treatment is for compulsive overeating and to lose weight the client would have to undertake regular exercises and other natural means to lose weight. But, yes, the suggestions would be given to the subconscious to let go of the extra layers of fat.