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U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 18: Binge Eating
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Binge Eating Disorder, that is eating large amounts of food in short period of time, occurs in 20-50 percent of people seeking weight loss treatment compared to only 2 percent in the general population according to according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. 21). Obese bingers tend to be heavier
Obese bingers tend to be heavier, report more distress, are more likely to have experienced a psychiatric illness, report an earlier onset of obesity, have spent a greater percentage of their lifetime on a diet, are more likely to drop out of behavioral weight loss programs, and to regain weight more quickly than obese non-bingers. (p. 21)
Calorie restriction does not cause binge eating disorder
Neither moderate nor severe caloric restriction causes binge eating disorder according to three studies. In fact, weight control treatment using caloric restriction reduced the frequency of binge eating in these patients. (p. 22)
Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, . NIH publication No. 98-4083.
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