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  1. 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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  2. Anorexics' Brains React Differently to Hunger

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with anorexia nervosa have an abnormal brain response to hunger signals, a new study finds. "When most people are hungry, they are motivated to eat," study first author Christina Wierenga, an associate professor

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  3. New Binge Eating Disorder Drug Vyvanse: FAQ

    Feb. 3, 2015 -- The FDA has approved the first drug in the U.S. to treat binge eating disorder, Vyvanse. The agency says it might lessen the number of food binges for people with the condition. Vyvanse is already approved to treat ADHD. Binge eating disorder affects 1% to 5% of Americans, according

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  4. Vyvanse Approved for Binge-Eating Disorder

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with recurring bouts of compulsive overeating known as binge-eating disorder. It's the first drug sanctioned in the United States to treat the dis

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive f

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