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Binge Eating

People with Binge Eating Disorder frequently eat large amounts of food while feeling a loss of control over their eating. This disorder is different
from Bulimia because people with Binge Eating Disorder usually do not purge afterward by vomiting or using laxatives.

Eating large amounts of food, however, does not mean that a person has Binge Eating Disorder. Most commonly, people with serious binge eating problems have:

• Frequent episodes of eating what others would consider an abnormally large amount of food
• Frequent feelings of being unable to control what or how much is being eaten
• A person that would be considered a Binge Eater will also show signs of the following:

1. Eating much more rapidly than usual.
2. Eating until uncomfortably full.
3. Eating large amounts of food, even when not physically hungry.
4. Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten.
5. Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating.

Although, episodes of binge eating also occur in the eating disorder Bulimia. Persons with Bulimia, however, regularly purge, fast, or engage in strenuous exercise after an episode of binge eating. Binge Eating Disorder is probably the most common eating disorder. Most people with Binge Eating Disorder are obese (more than 20 percent above a healthy body weight), but normal-weight people also can be affected. Binge Eating Disorder probably affects 2 percent of all adults, or about 1 million to 2 million Americans.

Among mildly obese people in self-help or commercial
weight loss programs, 10 to 15 percent have Binge Eating Disorder. The disorder is even more common in those with severe obesity and more common in women.

People who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder may find it harder than other people to stay in weight loss Treatment. Binge eaters also may be more
likely to regain weight quickly but with the proper treatment plan eating habits can be changed as well as changing the way people with Binge Eating Disorder respond to difficult situations. There are several methods of treatment used to treat this eating disorder. The type of treatment depends on the individual.

If you believe you have Binge Eating Disorder, it's important you realize that you are not alone. Most people who have the disorder have tried
unsuccessfully to control it on their own. Please call Eating Disorder Associates, we can help. Call us at (631) 742-7152