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What can you do if you have binge eating disorder (BED)?

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Talk to an eating disorder specialist, psychiatrist, or psychologist right away if you think you may have BED. Early treatment gives you a better chance to beat it.

Your therapist will ask about your eating habits and your emotions and help you decide on a plan. Psychological therapy, or talk therapy, can turn your relationship with food into a healthy one again.

You may learn how to get rid of negative thoughts so you can change your behavior. Therapy also can help you deal with stress, anxiety, and other emotional issues that may trigger the problem.

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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