Doctor's Notes on Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is in a type of eating disorder characterized by binge eating that is not followed by behavior to compensate for the eating such as purging, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. Binge eating disorder is believed to be more common than anorexia (avoiding eating) and bulimia (binge eating and purging).
Symptoms of binge eating disorder include binge eating that is characterized by:
- inability to control binges
- guilt or distress because of binges
Binge eating disorder is also associated with:
- eating more quickly than usual,
- eating until uncomfortably full,
- eating large amounts of food even though the person is not physically hungry,
- eating alone because of feelings of embarrassment, and
- feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty afterward.
Other symptoms that may result from binge eating include:
What Is the Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder?
Treatment for binge eating disorder usually involves a combination of methods, which may include:
- Individual or group psychotherapy, including family therapy
- Nutrition counseling and support for a healthy lifestyle
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