Isolation is both a cause and effect of compulsive
overeating. Food is usually the
compulsive overeater’s best friend; loneliness becomes a major trigger for the
next binge. In addition, the process of
eating compulsively isolates the sufferer from other people when this process
is associated with unbearable shame. Making contact with other people, especially with others who suffer from
the same disease, is therefore an important tool of recovery. This contact tends to interrupt the downward
spiral of isolation in which the disease progresses.