The main symptom is eating large amounts of food over a short period of time.
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Binge eating is diagnosed when:
At least one binge eating episode a week for 3 months
Eating is more than what most people would in less than 2 hours
There's a lack of control over eating behavior
Binge eating causes major distress
3 or more episodes of:
Eating faster than normal
Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
Eating large amounts when you aren't hungry
Eating alone due to feeling shame
Feeling unhappy or guilty after eating
BED is treated with one or more of these:
—You will learn how to keep track of how you eat. Then, you can change your bad habits into healthy ones. This may also involve learning how to control situations as they come up. You will start to feel better about your body shape and weight.
will help you look the people in your life. From there, you can make changes that will help you rather than hurt you.
Physical therapy—To help ease feelings of depression. This may involve yoga or aerobics.
Medicines—Some antidepressants may be helpful for some people.
There is no way to prevent BED since the cause is unknown.
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Last Updated: 8/31/2018
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