Abstract: the article is devoted to the study of the nature of eating disorders. The article studies eating disorders and their impact on the psychological component of women aged 28-40 years who attend the group compulsively overeating and have a history of diagnosed eating disorders. The article considers a modern biopsychosocial approach that considers the principles of food addiction. The complex of causes that determine an eating disorder is considered. A model of eating habits that leads to eating disorders is considered. Unhealthy-deviant eating behavior is caused by external causes, primarily related to overcoming emotional stress, interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. Compulsive overeating is characterized by promiscuity in the choice of food and undifferentiated needs. Eating disorders are seen as a multi-faceted problem. A psychodiagnostic study of the psychological component of the individual was conducted. During the psychodiagnostic study of situational anxiety, it was revealed that when situational anxiety is manifested in the studied female representatives, anxiety is formed long before an unpleasant, traumatic situation. Analyzing the data obtained from the LSI lifestyle index method, the women studied are prone to a multi-faceted range of psychological defenses, among which substitution and compensation are distinguished.

Keywords: psychological features, women, eating disorders,psychology, stress