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  1. Binge Eating Disorder and Body Image

    Everyone has looked in the mirror at one time or another and not liked the way they looked or how their clothes fit. If you have binge eating disorder, research says you likely have these thoughts a lot. This type of thinking, called poor body image, can trigger binges and affect your recovery. Know

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  2. 11 Ways to Avoid a Binge Eating Relapse

    You can recover from binge eating disorder. It takes time to learn how to manage your eating, though. You might start to get better and then have another binge. That’s called a relapse. Up to half of people with an eating disorder have one after starting treatment, especially when they're stressed.

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  3. The Link Between Binge Eating and Depression

    If you binge eat, you might feel depressed about your food habits. Or perhaps those feelings make you eat more. Either way, you can get better. “People do fully recover – and stay well,” says Timothy Brewerton, MD. He is the executive medical director at The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders in Col

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  4. Binge Eating: Change Guilty Feelings Into Good Ones

    If you binge eat, you likely use food to try to manage negative emotions. Drowning your feelings with food might make you feel good for the moment, but it’s often quickly followed by a lot of guilt and hurtful self-talk. Such shame leads to more bingeing and sets off a cycle that’s hard – but not im

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  5. Inpatient Care for Binge Eating: What to Expect

    When you get inpatient treatment for binge eating disorder, you live, sleep, and get around-the-clock care at a hospital or eating disorders medical center. It’s pretty unusual for people with the condition to need this type of treatment, but some do. It's rare partly because outpatient care, which

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  6. Outpatient Care for Binge Eating: What to Expect

    If you struggle with binge eating and want to stop, outpatient care is a good option. You'll regularly get treated at a health care center or clinic, but you won't have to stay overnight. This form of treatment helps nearly 70% of people with binge eating disorder recover, research shows. Your docto

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  7. Binge Eating Disorder in Men

    Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder -- and many who have it are men. If that surprises you, you're not alone. People often see eating disorders as a woman’s health concern. But guys get them too. About 40% of those with binge eating disorder are men. “Men absolutely do struggle

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  8. Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It

    Think back to the last time you ate so much you felt absolutely stuffed. Were you tearing into a huge cake to celebrate a friend’s birthday? Loading up on turkey and sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving? Or were you at home alone, maybe at the end of a tough day? How did you feel afterward -- simply annoy

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  9. Guys Get Eating Disorders, Too

    Binging, purging, yo-yo dieting, anorexia. Think these are girl problems? Not so fast. "Recent data suggest that one in four people with an eating disorder is male," says Lazaro Zayas, MD. He's a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. But because of a long-held belief that bulimia and anore

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  10. How to Stop a Binge Before It Happens

    For someone with binge-eating disorder, the urge to overeat can be overwhelming. And while the first few bites can sometimes feel good, shame, guilt, and regret can quickly follow. But it’s possible to stop a binge before it starts, or even once it’s begun. Follow a regular meal plan. “The most impo

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