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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that someone purposefully develop a binge eating disorder and get fat?

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Doubt: I doubt that people "just want to get fat". That sounds strange. What would the motivation be and the beliefs behind the motivation. Yes, someone could eat that way on purpose - but that would be stranger than a binge eating disorder. I find most people with a binge eating disorder have manyproblems that we work with in psychotherapy.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Does someone commonly develop a binge eating disorder on purpose?

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
On purpose?: That suggests the choice is conscious, logical and in some way reasonable. One could rationalize that a binge eating disorder was on purpose, but i would expect to find many unconscious reasons. The eating attracts your attention, but probably there are many unconscious problems associated with it. Consider getting help with it.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Could someone with binge eating disorder get better?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes someone with binge eating disorder can get better but if it is a significant problem then being involved with a formal eating disorder program is essential.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can one with binge eating disorder get better?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Binge eating: Sure they can, with proper medical care, life style changes, and cognitive behavior therapy with therapist experienced with eating disorders.
Minerva, Ohio
A 25-year-old female asked:

I think I have binge eating disorder. What can I do to get help?

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Dr. Gregory Goldman
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
Get assessed: An eating disorders specialist (generally a licensed psychologist) can go through your eating habits with you and establish whether you have this condition. If so, the same person can treat you for it.

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