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When should I see a doctor about my binge eating?

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Rarely, health problems from binge eating disorder can be serious enough that you need to get treated in a hospital. Here are some signs you need medical help right away:

  • You've suddenly gained or lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time.
  • You've thought about hurting yourself.
  • You can't change the way you eat, even with help from doctors, family, and friends.
  • You feel depressed or anxious.
  • You've been using drugs or alcohol to cope with your emotions.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Heart Association: “Obesity.”

ANAD: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Treatment Options and Providers."

Cleveland Clinic: "Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease."

Cynthia Bulik, PhD.

McElroy, Susan L. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2012.

NAMI: "Binge Eating Disorder," "Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis."

National Diabetes Education Program: "4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes."

NHLBI: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know," "What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?"

Raevuori, A. International Journal of Eating Disorders, July 2014.

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Binge Eating Disorder."

UpToDate: "Binge Eating Disorder in Adults: Overview of Treatment," "Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults: Medical complications and their management," "Eating Disorders: Overview of Treatment."

World Health Organization: "Cardiovascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 28, 2020

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Heart Association: “Obesity.”

ANAD: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Treatment Options and Providers."

Cleveland Clinic: "Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease."

Cynthia Bulik, PhD.

McElroy, Susan L. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2012.

NAMI: "Binge Eating Disorder," "Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis."

National Diabetes Education Program: "4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes."

NHLBI: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know," "What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?"

Raevuori, A. International Journal of Eating Disorders, July 2014.

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Binge Eating Disorder."

UpToDate: "Binge Eating Disorder in Adults: Overview of Treatment," "Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults: Medical complications and their management," "Eating Disorders: Overview of Treatment."

World Health Organization: "Cardiovascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 28, 2020

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