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Dr. Robert Skversky
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Binge Eating (Overview)

Binge eating is a condition consisting of episodes of eating extremely large amounts of food in a short time, and may be related to feelings of depression or being overweight.


Dr. Alan Ali
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What is binge eating definition?

What is binge eating definition?

Binge eating : Urge to eat regardless of hunger, can be seen in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, organic brain syndromes, and some personality disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Skversky
553 doctors shared insights

Binge Eating (Overview)

Binge eating is a condition consisting of episodes of eating extremely large amounts of food in a short time, and may be related to feelings of depression or being overweight.


Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
26 years in practice
176M people helped
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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

BED: Those with binge eating do, unlike bulimia, do not purge, fast, or engage in strenuous exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Max Haque
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Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

No: Self induced vomiting is the most common method to compensate for binge eating episodes in the purging type of bulimia nervosa. Others include misuse of laxatives. Diuretics, enemas. However there are other methods of compensating which include excessive exercise and fasting classified as the nonpurging type. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Can you tell me the normal signs of binge-eating?

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Is there one best test to diagnose binge eating?

Is there one best test to diagnose binge eating?

Best expert Doc: Binge eating disorder is best diagnosed not by a physician in general practice, but, by a physician who treats it chronicallly and consistently with success. Binge eatiing is not a psychological or mental disorder. It is the lack of normal physiologic desire for food. These patients are not "mental" nor "psycho". They are patients that have tried "too"hard..... Too few docs recognize this.. ...Read more

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Dr. Julia Frank
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How do I control my binge eating without using medications?

Binge eating: Cognitive behavior approaches may improve binge eating without medication. It is important to avoid purging of any kind and to know that hunger often triggers bingeing. A cognitive therapist might recommend that you avoid getting hungry by eating a relatively monotonous diet. Overeater's anonymous helps with emotionally driven bingeing. ...Read more

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Dr. James Eyerman
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How does a doctor test for binge eating or just ask you?

How does a doctor test for binge eating or just ask you?

Binge eating: Behavioral disorders are best diagnosed by a systematic structured diagnostic interview. The history is the most important element. Collateral information from relatives and caregivers is important. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Vita
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What to do if I'm almost certain I have a problem with binge eating but don't know what to do?

What to do if I'm almost certain I have a problem with binge eating but don't know what to do?

Mutual Support: Try attending a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, many patients find the support here helpful and life-changing. You can also seek help from a therapist with experience in eating disorders or addictions. Best. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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What causes binge eating?

What causes binge eating?

Binging: Biopsychosocial factors; predisposition, self esteem, and social pressures. ...Read more

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