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    1. Signs a College Student Is Developing an Eating Disorder

      By Rae Jacobson Eating disorders can and do occur in teenagers, and even in young children. But it's during the college years that young people, especially young women, are most at risk for developing them. The challenges of college life, adding pressure to underlying mental health issues, create wh

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    2. 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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    3. Binge Eating Disorder: How You Can Help

      “It’s not about the food. It’s a way of coping with emotions.” That’s the No. 1 thing to remember when you live with, or parent, someone who has binge eating disorder, says Chelsea Kronengold, a grad student in psychology at Columbia University. She should know -- she was diagnosed 2 years ago. What

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    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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