Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Compulsive Overeating Symptoms & Signs

Carolina House provides leading compulsive overeating treatment to ensure long-lasting recovery for a healthier and more satisfying life.

Understanding Compulsive Overeating

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Compulsive overeating, which is also commonly referred to as compulsive eating, is characterized by eating significant amounts of food in response to stresses, unpleasant issues they are struggling with, or emotions that they are not able to properly manage. Unlike those who have bulimia nervosa, people who struggle with compulsive overeating typically do not purge after they eat. However, compulsively overeating can lead to serious damage to one’s health, both physically and psychologically.

Compulsive overeating tends to be confused with binge-eating, however those who have binge-eating disorder will consume great deals of food in a single sitting, while those who compulsively overeat might not eat in excess each time they consume food. However, these individuals will keep eating throughout the day, even if it is small amounts at a time. However, because of the nature in which these individuals are consuming food, those consistent and small portions often lead to overeating.

While the presence of compulsive eating patterns can be destructive to an individual’s life, there are treatment options available that can help alleviate these symptoms, all while teaching individuals how to establish new and health habits of eating that reflects healthy self-worth.


Compulsive overeating statistics

There are few statistics that reflect the number of people who partake in compulsive overeating. However, general estimates show that roughly 2% of the general population is impacted by these behaviors, and 8% of the population who battle obesity engage in compulsive overeating.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for compulsive overeating

The causes and risk factors for compulsive overeating are similar to those linked to substance abuse. Below are some of the explanations for this disorder:

Genetic: Genetics can impact the development of a compulsive eating disorder and food addiction. Those who have biological family members who struggle with this condition are at a greater risk for struggling with similar issues, than those who do not have the family background.

Environmental: Some of the many environmental factors that can increase an individual’s odds of developing compulsive overeating habits can include experiencing a traumatic event or being a victim of abuse and/or neglect. Overeating is used in an attempt to help numb the pain felt as a result of those issues. In addition, if an individual spends time in an environment where a great deal of time and energy is spent on food, dieting, and weight, they are more likely to develop behaviors consistent with compulsive overeating.

Risk Factors:

  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Family history of eating disorders or compulsive overeating behaviors
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of compulsive overeating

Some of the many signs and symptoms that an individual might exhibit when participating in compulsive eating behaviors can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Making self-defeating statements about how much food one eats
  • No longer participating in activities one once enjoyed
  • Social isolation
  • Eating uncontrollably, even when not hungry
  • Eating much more rapidly than is considered normal
  • Eating alone
  • Hiding food
  • Participating in unsuccessful dieting attempts

Physical symptoms:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Preoccupation with food
  • Preoccupation with body weight
  • Minimized or complete loss of sex drive

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

Effects of compulsive overeating

When left untreated, the long-term effects of compulsive overeating can be dangerous to an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Some of these effects can include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bone deterioration
  • Excessive anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Major depression
Co-Occurring Disorders

Compulsive overeating and co-occurring disorders

While compulsive overeating is not considered a diagnosable disorder, the patterns of behavior that occur when an individual is battling with this condition can occur alongside of other mental health conditions, such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
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Things were getting worse and worse before coming to Carolina House, but my now my life has never been better. I can't remember the last time I felt so happy and confident with myself. I couldn't have got here without them.

– a former resident
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)