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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. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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What is binge eating definition?

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
4 years in practice
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What is binge eating definition?

Uncontrolled w/food: Binge eating is characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly & 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. ...Read more

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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
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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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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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Checklist)

Don't skip meals
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Dr. Max Haque
Board Certified, Psychiatry
40 years in practice
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Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

Dr. Max Haque
Board Certified, Psychiatry
40 years in practice
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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. Ernie Ordonez
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52 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of binge eating one should watch out for?

Dr. Ernie Ordonez
Board Certified, Bariatrics
52 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of binge eating one should watch out for?

Fullness: Eating a lot and frequent. Bloatedness, gas, acid reflux and lightheadedness. Sugar. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Board Certified, Psychiatry
49 years in practice
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Can you tell me the normal signs of binge-eating?

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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?

Dr. Marci Dietrich
Board Certified, Bariatrics
36 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Psychiatry
39 years in practice
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How do I control my binge eating without using medications?

Dr. Julia Frank
Board Certified, Psychiatry
39 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Psychiatry
42 years in practice
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How does a doctor test for binge eating or just ask you?

Dr. James Eyerman
Board Certified, Psychiatry
42 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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?

Dr. Anthony Vita
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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?

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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