can find out if you have binge eating disorder by asking questions about your eating habits and past health. Your doctor may also
ask questions about your mental health and how you feel about food and the
shape of your body. If you are overweight, your doctor may also do a physical exam to rule out problems caused by obesity.
Treatment for binge eating
disorder includes getting
counseling and, in some cases, taking medicine. Your doctor may have you do both. You may need treatment for a
long time to fully recover. You also may need treatment for other problems that
often occur with binge eating disorder. These can include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, obesity,
or problems with being overweight.
disorder most often starts in the late teens or the young-adult years, but it can begin in later adulthood too. It is
more common in women than men.
Binge eating disorder can be triggered by
dieting, depression, or anxiety. It can even start because of boredom or
stress, which is then relieved by binging. Your risk for binge eating increases
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 09, 2013
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