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How is binge eating disorder in kids and teens treated?

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There's no single treatment for binge eating disorder. A mix of talk therapy, learning new ways to cope with triggers that set off binges, nutrition classes, and family training can help your child reach a healthy mindset and stable weight.

The FDA approved the use of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for adults who have moderate to severe binge eating disorder. Sometimes antidepressant medications are prescribed either for bingeing behavior itself or for related problems with depression.

It also helps to work on boosting overall health and body image. Yoga, movement classes, meditation, or doing art may help.

SOURCES:

Academy for Eating Disorders: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorders Association: "Causes and Risk Factors;" "The Recovery Process;" "Treatment Options and Providers;" and "Uses of Food."

Kidshealth.org: "Binge Eating Disorder" and "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge eating disorder;" "Parent Toolkit;" and "What Should I Say?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Binge Eating Disorders" and "What Are Eating Disorders?"

Women'sHealth.gov: "Binge Eating Disorders Fact Sheet."

McElroy, S.L. , May 2012. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Brownley, K.A. , March 2013. Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Obesity Society: "FDA Approves New Drug for Binge Eating Disorder," February 2, 2015.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Academy for Eating Disorders: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorders Association: "Causes and Risk Factors;" "The Recovery Process;" "Treatment Options and Providers;" and "Uses of Food."

Kidshealth.org: "Binge Eating Disorder" and "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge eating disorder;" "Parent Toolkit;" and "What Should I Say?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Binge Eating Disorders" and "What Are Eating Disorders?"

Women'sHealth.gov: "Binge Eating Disorders Fact Sheet."

McElroy, S.L. , May 2012. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Brownley, K.A. , March 2013. Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Obesity Society: "FDA Approves New Drug for Binge Eating Disorder," February 2, 2015.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 11, 2018

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