Overeating has become a national health issue

12 million people in the UK could be suffering from compulsive overeating

One in two people who seek out professional help for their weight suffer from compulsive overeating, says the National Centre for Eating Disorders.

Support group Overeaters Anonymous (OA) are using National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (25 February to 2 March 2011) to highlight the growing problem of the eating disorder and generate further support as it becomes an ever-increasing health issue around the country.

‘It is important that people understand this condition is just as real as anorexia and bulimia,’ says a spokeswoman from Overeaters Anonymous.

‘Like anorexia and bulimia, compulsive overeating affects people from all walks of life; men and women, young and old.’

A recent survey conducted by OA suggested that over half of sufferers developed their eating disorder after a dramatic life event, such as death or worrying family issues.

The OA support group offers its members a 12-step programme – similar to Alcoholics Anonymous – that provides constant help and support to ensure a successful recovery.

Their spokeswoman continues: ‘OA offers members a safe environment for anyone with any type of eating disorder to discuss their feelings and get to the root of the compulsive behaviour.’

For details on next year’s event visit National Eating Disorders Awareness Week or for more information on Overeaters Anonymous visit their website.

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