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Can stress cause me to binge eat?

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Many people binge because it makes them feel less stressed, at least in the short term. You might not be able to avoid stress, but you can practice healthy ways to relax.

Exercise, meditation, or a phone call with a friend can soothe you and help ease the urge to overeat.

SOURCES:

Brunner, T., Appetite, December 2011.

Christakis, N. The New England Journal of Medicine, July 2007.

Deckersbach, T. Nutrition and Diabetes, September 2014

Iacovino, J. Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012

Jean Fain, LICSW, psychotherapist and teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School.

KidsHealth.org: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

Mathes, WF. Appetite, June 2009.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Brunner, T., Appetite, December 2011.

Christakis, N. The New England Journal of Medicine, July 2007.

Deckersbach, T. Nutrition and Diabetes, September 2014

Iacovino, J. Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012

Jean Fain, LICSW, psychotherapist and teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School.

KidsHealth.org: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

Mathes, WF. Appetite, June 2009.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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