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How can you help your loved one who has binge eating disorder (BED)?

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If you think there's a problem, talk with your loved one about it in a comforting, understanding way. He may blame himself for being weak or not having the will power to stop. He may be defensive. Start the conversation with, "I love you, and I'm worried you may have a problem."

Tell your loved one that binge eating disorder is a real psychological problem that can get better with treatment. It may take time and hard work, but assure her that she can find peace with food and her emotions again.

From: Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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