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Can I diet during binge eating disorder treatment?

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Though your therapist or doctor will probably tell you this, it’s worth repeating: Don’t focus on your weight or go on a diet. Doing so raises the chances that you’ll binge. That’s because cutting back on calories or avoiding certain foods makes you feel deprived. Those feelings might make you want to overeat.

SOURCES:

Aguera, Z., BMC Psychiatry, November 2013.

The Charis Center for Eating Disorders at Indiana University Methodist Hospitals: “Levels of Care.” 

Angela Guarda, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.

Iacovino, J., Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012.

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, clinical nutrition therapist; spokeswoman, National Eating Disorders Association; founder and nutritional director, Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative Nutrition Counseling Specialists and Eating Wellness Programs, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City.

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder: Complications,” “Binge Eating Disorder: Coping and Support,” “Binge-Eating Disorder: Treatments and Drugs.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-Control Information Network: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: Binge-eating Disorder.”

Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Aguera, Z., BMC Psychiatry, November 2013.

The Charis Center for Eating Disorders at Indiana University Methodist Hospitals: “Levels of Care.” 

Angela Guarda, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.

Iacovino, J., Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012.

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, clinical nutrition therapist; spokeswoman, National Eating Disorders Association; founder and nutritional director, Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative Nutrition Counseling Specialists and Eating Wellness Programs, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City.

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder: Complications,” “Binge Eating Disorder: Coping and Support,” “Binge-Eating Disorder: Treatments and Drugs.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-Control Information Network: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: Binge-eating Disorder.”

Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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