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Compulsive Overeating Disorder Facts & Statistics

In addition to understanding the causes and symptoms of compulsive overeating, it’s also helpful to understand the statistics:

  • A complex set of hormones influence and determine hunger and satiety cues as well as how we feel, think and behave around food; an individual’s weight and eating behaviors are largely determined by neurobiology rather than one’s “motivation” or drive to lose weight. 1
  • Biological and genetic factors prime a subset of the population to overeat 1
  • More than one-third of adults in the US are obese, and approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese (Journal of American Medicine (JAMA))
  • Obese individuals have a 20% elevated risk of depression. Specifically for Caucasian, college-educated individuals with obesity, the depression risk increases to 44 percent. (

The facts may be worrying, but recovery is possible

Eating Recovery Center provides comprehensive treatment designed to help you stop your disordered eating behavior and then identify the bio/psycho/social contributors to your compulsive overeating. It’s only then that a full and lasting recovery can begin. To learn more, please call us at 877-825-8584.


  1. “Difficulties in Detecting Eating Disorders in Both Normal and Higher Weight Patients,” Julie Friedman, PhD and Susan McClanahan, PhD, CEDS. (2016)

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