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Binge Eating Disorder

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by McCoy K
 

Definition

In other cases, binging can happen without other eating disorders. For example, the person may feel upset about binging, but may not try to undo these feelings by vomiting, exercising, or taking laxatives.
 

Causes

It is not clear exactly what causes binge eating disorder. Since about half of people with binge eating disorder have a history of depression, it may be related to that condition. Studies also suggest that people with binge eating disorder may have other emotional problems, including low self-esteem, anger, and/or obsessive compulsive behavior.
 

Risk Factors

Binge eating disorder is more common in women. Factors that may increase your risk of developing a binge eating disorder include:
  • Obesity
  • Becoming overweight at a young age
  • Yo-yo dieting
  • History of depression, low self-esteem, and/or substance abuse
  • History of sexual abuse
  • Excess concern with body shape
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Binge eating disorder is more common in females and is often linked to emotional or psychological issues.
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Treatment

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

In cognitive-behavioral therapy , a mental health professional will teach you how to keep track of your eating and change your unhealthy eating habits. This may involve learning how to respond to tough situations and how to feel better about your body shape and weight.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may help to reduce depression associated with binge eating disorder. Therapy options may include yoga or aerobic exercise.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

In interpersonal psychotherapy, a counselor will help you look at your personal relationships and make changes in areas that are negatively affecting your life.

Medications

Certain antidepressant medications may be helpful for some people with binge eating disorder.
 

RESOURCES

Mental Health America
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

Something Fishy
http://www.something-fishy.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha.ca

National Eating Disorder Information Centre
http://www.nedic.ca

 

References


Binge eating disorder. National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders website. Available at: http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/. Accessed May 20, 2014.


Binge eating disorder. KidsHealth.org—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/food%5Ffitness/problems/binge%5Feating.html#a%5FGetting%5FHelp. Updated August 2011. Accessed May 20, 2014.


Binge eating disorder. Weight-control Information Network website. Available at: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/binge.htm. Updated October 25, 2013. Accessed May 20, 2014.


Vancampfort D, Vanderlinden J, et al. A systematic review on physical therapy interventions for patients with binge eating disorder. Disabil Rehabil. 2013;35(26):2191-2196.

 

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