The Véniez Anorexia & Bulimia Clinic©

The Véniez Anorexia & Bulimia Clinic©

Compulsive Overeating

People suffering with Compulsive Overeating have what is characterized as an "addiction" to food, using food and eating as a way to hide from their emotions, to fill a void they feel inside, and to cope with daily stresses and problems in their lives.


People suffering with this Eating Disorder tend to be overweight, are usually aware that their eating habits are abnormal, but find little comfort because of society's tendency to stereotype the "overweight" individual. Words like, "just go on a diet" are as emotionally devastating to a person suffering Compulsive Overeating as "just eat" can be to a person suffering Anorexia. A person suffering as a Compulsive Overeater is at health risk for a heart attack, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, kidney disease and/or failure, arthritis and bone deterioration, and stroke.

Men and Women who are Compulsive Overeaters will sometimes hide behind their physical appearance, using it as a blockade against society (common in survivors of sexual abuse). They feel guilty for not being "good enough," shame for being overweight, and generally have a very low self-esteem... they use food and eating to cope with these feelings, which only leads into the cycle of feeling them ten-fold and trying to find a way to cope again. With a low self esteem and often constant need for love and validation he/she will turn to obsessive episodes of binging and eating as a way to forget the pain and the desire for affection.


It is important to remember that most Eating Disorders, though their signs and symptoms may be different, share a great number of common causes and emotional aspects.



Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder 

  • Fear of not being able to control eating, and while eating, not being able to stop.
  • Isolation. Fear of eating around and with others.
  • Chronic dieting on a variety of popular diet plans.
  • Holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight.
  • Hiding food in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed) to eat at a later time.
  • Vague or secretive eating patterns.
  • Self-defeating statements after food consumption.
  • Blames failure in social and professional community on weight.
  • Holding the belief that food is their only friend.
  • Frequently out of breath after relatively light activities.
  • Excessive sweating and shortness of breath.
  • High blood pressure and/or cholesterol.
  • Leg and joint pain.
  • Weight gain.
  • Decreased mobility due to weight gain.
  • Loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations.
  • Mood swings. Depression. Fatigue.
  • Insomnia. Poor Sleeping Habits.

The solution for Compulsive Overeating

The solution in Psychotherapy with L' Approche Véniez© is to identify the causes, the source of his or her symptoms to eliminate them. The most precise and fastest way is with L' Approche Véniez©. These different techniques are used; visualization, breathing and relaxation, hypnotism, the subliminal, and post-hypnotic suggestions.




There is nothing artificial or supernatural about hypnosis.

  • The first session consists of a series of questions asked to the individual to obtain therapeutic useful information about the patient. This session allows the therapist to understand his patient and explain to him how the therapy will take place. At the end of this first session, the therapist will introduce a brief introduction of hypnosis to his patient. (duration of the meeting is usually an hour, sometimes more)

  • The second session consists of light follow-up by the therapist and deepening the patient's hypnotic state. (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour)


  • The third session consists of the work, acceptance, the release of shocks, traumatisms or causes of the lack of security experienced by the patient. (duration of the session is usually 1 hour or more)


  • The fourth session consists of closing, reconciliation of the adult and the inner child, an experience of self-identity, self-confidence and loving yourself. (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour)


Once this work is done the results are permenent. The patient is self-sufficient and does not need further treatments. A brief follow-up may be in order.

To effectively treat clients with eating disorders, it is necessary to change their perception of their bodies and provide alternative ways of managing their emotions. At The Véniez Anorexia & Bulimia Clinic©, our treatment team has experience with aiding clients with eating disorders find recovery, and start living a healthier life.



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