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A 31-year-old member asked:

binge eating problem, any help or advice on how to block the urge to binge?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Urges: Several medications can assist in curbing the urges, depending on underlying pathology, whether physiologial or psychological, but most effective tx is cognitive behavioral therapy thru an experienced psychologist working with eating disorders.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Most importantly, don't assume you can just "handle this" on your own. It's a potentially dangerous behavior that most find quite difficult to control, once started. Seek professional help.
Apr 12, 2012
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes: Binge eating involves consuming a large amount of food in a discrete period of time. What you can do is to limit youself to purchasing only single portions of foods at a time so as to limit the availability of these foods. Also eating with others and engaging in activities that remove you from food especially when hungry so as to avoid the urge to binge.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is binge eating?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Periodic overeating: As its name implies, binge eating refers to periodically eating vastly more than nutritional requirements would demand. This is an unhealthy pattern of eating, sometimes driven by emotional stress or by preceding undereating, for instance in extreme dieting. Binges followed by purging through vomiting or laxative use constitute classical bulemia, a dangerous eating disorder.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I would like to know about the strategies to overcome binge eating. Please explain.

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Counseling: Counseling and knowing how to normalize eating habits is essential in treating binge eating disorder, i recommend meeting with a dietition and a counseler to get a better idea about this, quickly .. Learning coping mechanisims and working on portion control is the best start to help overcome binge eating problems.
Dr. Howard Cohen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 61 years experience
First understand that binge eating is a mechanism to deal with stress. Remember that stress is the individual's response to what is going on. It may be depression, too little work, too much work, relationship problems, money problems, personal or family illness, etc. secondly, eat 4 to 6 times daily at specified times. Eat smaller portions. Find a second way to deal with stress.
Nov 17, 2015
A 22-year-old member asked:

My friend says there are three types of therapies to cure binge eating. What are they?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
See below: Consider this 1- eat smart- certain foods are more "addictive" than others-especially high fat, high glycemic food 2-counseling and 12 step like overeaters anonymous 3 medications that help curb appettie 4-excercise regimens that also curb appetites.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the normal signs of binge-eating?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Do you mean Common?: Binge eating can become extremely abnormal. Many folks will overeat at times but not routinely. Thanksgiving, christmas and new years are examples. Red flags fly when we have daily fears of gaining weight, eat too little, cave in and eat too much. Binging guilt leads to purging - forced vomiting or laxatives. Hiding binge food, solitary binging, pretend eating meals are serious binge eating signs.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What can be done to stop binge eating?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
FMany helps: Seek new activities and keep busy. When getting hungry, get up, get out and get busy! drink a glass of water or non-caloric beverage. Get excess foods out of the house and keep only healthy snacks available that are low in calories and high in volume. Learn relaxation techniques, stress relieving activities, seek counselling, get an accountability partner and eat at the table only. U can do!

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