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  1. The Link Between Trauma and Binge Eating

    It’s normal for past experiences to affect the way you act or feel. What you've done, seen, or lived through can even impact your eating habits -- in both good and bad ways. For example, you might happily host a weekly Sunday dinner because that’s what your mom did. Or, you might often overeat becau

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  2. Binge Eating Disorder vs. Night Eating Syndrome

    Do you often get out of bed for a midnight meal or to sneak a snack? Do you regularly eat a lot of food at night? You might have night eating syndrome. Or, depending on your other symptoms, you might have binge eating disorder. How do you tell the difference? Bingeing and night eating are two comple

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  3. Binge Eating: Keeping a Healthy Weight

    If you have binge eating disorder, getting well needs to be your No. 1 priority. You’ll first need counseling to find out why you are overeating and how to stop. When your bingeing stops, you’ll probably lose weight. Keeping that weight off -- and reaching a healthy weight -- is important for your o

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  4. Are You Eating Because You're Hungry or Emotional?

    Food provides our bodies with fuel, but that isn't the only reason you might eat. For many people, emotions play a strong role. For example, you might eat because you are: Happy (birthday cake!) Sad (who hasn't indulged in ice cream after a bad day?) Stressed (that 3 p.m. office chocolate break) Eat

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  5. Binge Eating Disorder: Treat Mental Health First

    Binge eating disorder is a complex condition that affects the brain and then the body. At the most basic level, negative thoughts and habits trigger overeating. This is a mental health (psychological) problem. Eating too much over and over again can make you gain a lot of weight and cause other body

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  6. Can Weight Loss Treatments Help Binge Eaters?

    If you’re a binge eater, you may be concerned about your weight. Many people who binge eat are overweight or obese. So you might wonder: Are weight loss surgery and medication good options? It’s a tough question to answer, even thought up to 20% of patients seen in weight loss clinics have binge eat

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  7. Binge Eating: How Much to Eat While You Recover

    When you’re getting better -- or recovering -- from binge eating disorder, you could have a lot of questions about food. Eating disorder experts Natalie Guarnaschelli, a registered dietitian at Eating Disorder Treatment of New York, and Justine Roth, a registered dietitian at The New York State Psyc

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  8. How to Care for Someone With Binge Eating Disorder

    Caring for someone with binge eating disorder is a big responsibility, but it can also have big rewards. You can help your loved one get well. To be the best possible caregiver, you need to learn: What to expect during the recovery process How to offer your loved one encouragement These tips can hel

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  9. Should You Avoid Binge Foods Forever?

    As you recover from binge eating disorder, chances are you’ll have some questions. Should you completely avoid the "trigger foods" you once binged on? Or can you treat yourself every now and then? “Everyone is a little different in terms of how they handle food and eating during and after recovery,”

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  10. How to Talk to Your Doctor About Binge Eating

    It might not be easy to admit you have a problem with eating too much. Once you’re ready to do that, though, talking to your doctor about bingeing can get you on the path to recovery. Not sure how to get the conversation started? Doctors offer these four tips: Be honest about your eating. Tell your

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