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what is the definition or description of: binge eating disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Kristie Deblasio
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Binge eating: Binge eating includes episodes where a person will recurrently eat in excess of what they should (uncontrollable excessive eating).
Answered on May 18, 2014
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Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
9 years experience Clinical Psychology
Uncontrolled w/food: Binge eating is characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly and to the point of experiencing physical pain. There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and feelings of shame. When this occurs once a week for at least three months, it's considered binge eating disorder. It is a way of turning psychological conflict into physical action. It is treatable with therapy.
Answered on Dec 19, 2016
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Dr. Ira Katz
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The once a week for three months is the formal definition and an artificial one. Although I agree completely with the above, I would say if it is interfering with your life or a regular happening you should seek treatment.
Dec 19, 2016

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