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What's the difference between food addiction and binge eating disorder?

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Food addiction is when you loss control around food. But with binge eating disorder, this loss of control happens for short bursts of time. People who are addicted to food may overeat all day long. They also may worry less about its effects on their weight, and less likely than those with binge eating disorder to limit foods to offset the overeating.

After a binge, someone with bulimia will try to purge the calories by vomiting, using laxatives, or exercising too much. A person with binge eating disorder wouldn’t do that

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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