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What causes binge eating?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Binging: Biopsychosocial factors; predisposition, self esteem, and social pressures.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Multiple causes: Binge eating may be caused by both physiological and psychological reasons. If you do not eat enough during the day, you may get so ravenous that you cannot stop eating and binge for that reason. Psychologically, binges can be a way to distract, numb, comfort or punish yourself. Some people unconsciously convert emotional pain to physical by eating so much that their stomachs hurt, for example.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can binge eating cause gastritis?

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Binge eating, especially spicy or fatty foods can definitely cause stomach irritation, or gastritis. If alcohol or caffeine were included with this binge, the risk is even higher. Hope this helps!
Last updated Apr 26, 2016
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