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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are symptoms of overeating the same as IBD?

    Hi I have IBD. I know some food can affect it but for some reason I can not stop eating even though it causes me diareah, pain etc. I am wondering could I be doing this to myself and how can I stop this vicious cycle as when I say eating I mean all the wrong foods like processed food. Are my symptoms related to my IBD or from the food I eat? I think I may have an eating problem on top of this dreaded disease. How can I get some help?
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    Lisa Renn


    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    Hi there,
    It's human nature to rebel against rules that are set by ourselves or others particularly concerning food. We may find this hard to understand especially if it is causing discomfort; but the mind is a strange and powerful thing!

    It would be hard to say the symptoms of overeating are the same as IBD as these are likely to be different for each person- however bloating discomfort and reflux may be symptoms of overeating.

    A Dietitian with some knowledge of counselling for disordered eating or a psychologist will  be able to assist you to understand and change the way you are currently eating.
    Your specialist and/or GP can assist with management of your IBD symptoms.
    Good Luck!

  • Anonymous

    Hi thanks for your reply I asked this question but the question seems to have been slightly changed.  I know overeating is not the same as IBD and I see  Gastrointeralist to help with my UC.  My questions was  why I would overeat and harm myself when I know it will affect my IBD and my other chronic health problems and how I can stop my destruction on my body.  I have seen a physcologist that specialised in eating disorders but after 8 visits I didn't feel that I was getting any where my treatment involved filling in a eating diary and how I felt and when I saw the physcoloigst we discussed what I ate but I never felt like I was improving, I am overweight as well and was told  by the physcologist that maybe this is my normal weight, So that was why I stoped seeing her as I didn't feel like I was getting any help.  I just wish I could understand why and how to stop it.  Thank you for your reply.  

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