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  1. 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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  2. Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the k

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  3. Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family-based therapies can benefit teens with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a new study suggests. "The take-away message for parents is that, first, there is good treatment available for their child who is stru

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  4. Eating Disorders and Autoimmune Diseases Linked

    Sept. 12, 2014 -- Several autoimmune diseases have been linked to, and may even play a role in the development of, eating disorders, new research suggests. In a large study of more than 2,000 Finnish people with eating disorders, investigators found they were more likely to have an autoimmune diseas

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  5. Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Eating Disorders

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers do not need to be rail thin to be practicing the dangerous eating behaviors associated with anorexia, a new study suggests. Rather, the true measure of trouble may be significant weight loss, and the Australian re

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  6. 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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  7. Pride Over Weight Loss May Help Drive Anorexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa feel a sense of pride about their weight loss, and this positive emotion may play a major role in the deadly condition, according to a new study. "What we think happens is

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  8. 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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  9. What to Do After a Binge

    If you have binge-eating disorder, you know you can't really take back an over-indulgence. But there are ways to react to a binge that can actually help you prevent the next one, experts say. Learn from your binge, says Doug Bunnell, PhD, former president of the National Eating Disorders Association

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  10. Men With Eating Disorders Often Ignore Symptoms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says. "Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-r

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