AskDefine | Define overeat

Dictionary Definition

overeat v : overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself; "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on icecream" [syn: gorge, ingurgitate, overindulge, glut, englut, stuff, engorge, overgorge, gormandize, gormandise, gourmandize, binge, pig out, satiate, scarf out]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /'ovəɻit/

Verb

  1. To eat too much.

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Extensive Definition

Overeating is a behavior that, while generally not a medical problem, in some cases is a symptom of binge eating disorder or bulimia. In more general terms it refers to the persistent consumption of excess food in relation to the energy that the person expends, leading to weight gain and often to obesity. This may be a brief or short term process (many people overindulge generally during festivities or while on holiday) or a longer term process.
One organization that helps overeaters is Overeaters Anonymous, which operates a 12-step program.
Overeating has been linked to the use of medications known as dopamine agonists, such as pramipexole http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/BN00043.
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