My name is Mimi and I’m a Compulsive Overeater.
It feels liberating typing that out loud. I’m finally on my way to figuring out my real issues with food. All these years, I just thought I was a husky kid that grew up as a chunky girl. Nope. I’m learning that I actually have a disease . . . addiction to food. I am a Compulsive Overeater and I have been one since childhood.
What is Compulsive Overeating?
Compulsive Overeaters (also known as binge eating) use food to calm stresses and life problems, numb feelings, and to fill a void. The compulsive overeater is usually aware that their eating habits are abnormal and often feel guilt and shame because of it. You can read more about binge eating here.
We All Need Validation
The relationship I have with food is not healthy. It’s not “normal.” I’ve done every diet, tried all the latest work out fads, and been to every weight loss doctor and nutritionist in town. They all gave up on me.
To finally be validated by a medical expert who understands and recognizes this is a real disease has been a huge step for me. It feels great to hear from a medical professional that I’m not lazy or “just eat less and move more, that’s all you need to do.” There is a lot more to this addiction than just diet and exercise!
“I’ve talked to 30,000 people on this show and they all wanted validation. Everybody wants to know, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything?”
I am on a journey to learn why I’ve formed a dysfunctional relationship with food. I will learn how to change my way of thinking. I will learn how to be truly happy without validation from food. I will learn that I don’t need icing at the end of a bad day!
It’s not easy for me to share or admit these things out loud but at the same time, it’s therapeutic. I know that some of you are going through the exact same situation. You aren’t alone. I always thought I was, until now.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
I’ve never been more excited and ready to get started. I know that going to Weight Watchers every week means absolutely nothing until I can fix the real issues inside of me. I can finally see a light and have hope that I can change . . . Real change. Weight loss is temporary and superficial if you aren’t willing to change your inner thoughts and habits. I finally get that.
I really get it.
“When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”