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Binge eating afffects 30% seeking weight control
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Binge eating disorder affects 30 percent of those seeking weight control treatments and 70 percent of people in Overeaters Anonymous compared to 2 to 5 percent in the general population according to a recent paper from Austria. Severity of bingeing associated with degree of overweight
The severity of bingeing is associated with the degree of overweight.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating without vomiting or laxative abuse.
Features of Binge eating disorder include eating until uncomfortably full, eating when not physically hungry, eating alone and feelings of depression or guilt.
Associated with depression and anxiety
Binge eating disorder is associated with depression and personality disorders.
Occurs in both males and females
Binge eating disorder occurs in both males and females, whereas bulimia is more common on females.
Psychotherapy more effective than antidepressants at reducing bingeing
Cognitive behavior therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy improve helps about half of people to stop bingeing.
Antidepressants also help to reduce binge eating, although psychotherapy is more effective.
De Zwaan M. Binge eating disorder and obesity. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001 May, 25 Suppl 1:S51-5.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
M. De Zwaan
Department of General Psychiatry
University Hospital of Psychiatry
Wahringer Gurtel 18-20
A-1090 Vienna, Austria
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