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by Jeffrey Roth, M.D. Isolation ...

Posted Sep 14 2008 5:22pm

by Jeffrey Roth, M.D.

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.

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