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What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

No purging: Binge eating disorder is like bulimia nervosa without the "compensatory" behaviors. People with bulimia always engage in some time of behavior to counteract the purge (e.g. Self induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise). ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Skversky
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Binge Eating (Definition)

This is the essential feature of bulimia, i.e., eating vast amounts of food in short periods of time that have nothing to do with appetite, rather having to ...Read more


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Recovering from bulimia and have stopped purging but still struggle with binge eating and restricting. How can I stop the cycle?

Recovering from bulimia and have stopped purging but still struggle with binge eating and restricting. How can I stop the cycle?

Work w/therapist: I'm glad you're working on recovering from bulimia, and have at least stopped purging. Healing from this can be a long journey. You need to continue working with your therapist to deal with your triggers for this behavior -- and develop a larger repertoire of responses to these triggers. Individual and group work can provide tools that will help you through the rough spots. Be well. ...Read more

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My wife has a history of bulimia and binge eating and confides in me about it. I often struggle with my response. What's the best way to respond here?

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My wife has a history of bulimia and binge eating and confides in me about it. I often struggle with my response. What's the best way to respond here?

Wife bulimia: Be supportive, tolerant, empathic, and distract her from focusing on physical appearance to focusing on emotional & support she is receiving while she tries to cope with her illness in therapy. Also, if she is in counseling, be a part of that. ...Read more

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I have bulimia or binge eating disorder, how to tell?

I have bulimia or binge eating disorder, how to tell?

Purging: Both bulimia and binge eating disorder are characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly and often to the point of pain. There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and intense feelings of shame and guilt. Bulimia involves purging (vomiting, exercising, laxatives or restricting) as a compensatory measure to get rid of the food from the binge. ...Read more

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Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Perhaps: So much strain on the body during the vomiting sessions. You need to get help and work on modification techniques ...Read more

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I overcame bulimia for 15 yrs, started binging no purge overcame for 8yr no help. Now it is back binge eating disorder out of control how get help?

I overcame bulimia for 15 yrs,  started binging no purge overcame for 8yr no help. Now it is back binge eating disorder out of control how  get help?

Professional help: I would recent a counselor optimally one experienced with eating disorders . Over eating anonymous is a group like aa .Consider removing gluten .Gluten sensitive sea to prompt carbohydrate craving sometimes.Make a written contract with yourself-write down everything you eat calculate the number of calories appropriate to eat for you and keep track may also help. ...Read more

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How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

To answer: Binge eating disorder patients purge less often than bulimic patients, however, both need professional help just as much. Also pateints can present with or without puprging at difeerent times. If you know someone with either condition please make sure they contact a specialist who works with a team of counselors, dieticians, primary care docotors and psychitrists for the best care. ...Read more

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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

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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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Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Yes there are.: Other eating disorders: cravings for specific foods or non-edible substances (clay or starch in pregnancy, dirt & ice in iron & zinc deficiencies, pica in children & adolescents eating any non-nutritive substance), psychiatric disorders looking like eating disorders (depression, somatization disorders, schizophrenia) with food aversions, body distortions, delusions, paranoia that affect eating. ...Read more

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Suffer with bulimia I weighed 21 stone now I weigh 15 but at min I just can't control the binge eating?

Suffer with bulimia I weighed 21 stone now I weigh 15 but at min I just can't control the binge eating?

Please seek: Treatment with a psychiatrist and therapist as soon as possible. Bulimia and other eating disorders are distressing, and they are serious illnesses that require treatment. Please do not delay. Good luck! ...Read more

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What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

That depends: On whether you have associated MEDICAL ISSUES that require medication. In rare cases eating disorders have a purely medical or neurological basis. Most of the time these are psychiatric types of issues which can be approached with or without medication. Need a good clean diagnosis first by a trained expert. Search out a good psychologist/psychiatrist for guidance and help. ...Read more

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How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

Greatly: Untreated or under treated, eating disorders as a whole have up to a 25% mortality rate. That means that eating disorders can be deadly. Studies show treatment helps, and the more treatment, the lower the risk of complications and death. ...Read more

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I would like to know about the strategies to overcome binge eating. Please explain.

I would like to know about the strategies to overcome binge eating. Please explain.

Counseling: Counseling and knowing how to normalize eating habits is essential in treating binge eating disorder, i recommend meeting with a dietition and a counseler to get a better idea about this, quickly .. Learning coping mechanisims and working on portion control is the best start to help overcome binge eating problems. ...Read more

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Is there any way to overcome binge eating without therapy ?

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Is there any way to overcome binge eating without therapy ?

Binging: Eating disorders are serious illnesses, requiring therapy, especially if binging and purging behaviors. ...Read more

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How can someone overcome binge eating and food obsession?

How can someone overcome binge eating and food obsession?

With treatment: You may have an eating disorder which needs treatment -- see your physician to get started. Many people purge also, through vomiting, laxatives, and diuretics, etc, increasing the danger. You need a full evaluation so you get the most appropriate help and therapy for your problem. There's also a 12-step group called overeater's anonymous which has been useful for many. http://www.oa.org/. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

CBT+meds: Generally speaking eating disorders respond best to combination of cbt (cognitive behavior therapy) and meds. However, it's best you discuss with your personal psychiatrist, therapist or priimary care physician as to what would be best way to begin treatment for you. ...Read more

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How to overcome binge eating disorder?

How to overcome binge eating disorder?

Psychotherapy: Get a complete physical to make sure BED is not compromising your health. Seek therapy with a qualified professional. BED is a way of coping with conflicts and emotions. When you identify what you are using food to deal with (ie, anxiety,fear, relationships) then you can find new ways of coping. You also must learn to respond to yourself in words instead of behavior. There is hope. ...Read more

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How do I overcome my binge eating disorder?

Get help: In order to overcome bing eating disorders, you will need the help of experts eating disorders. This is not something you can do on your own. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

A psychiatric disorder in which a person overeats at a single sitting (binges) and then vomits later to purge himself or herself ...Read more