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Binge Eating and Drunk Eating

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What Is Binge Eating? How to Stop ‘Drunk Eating’

There’s always a friend when you’re out drinking who instigates it: the midnight munchie run. It’s next to impossible not to nod in agreement as they exclaim, “Who wants to get Taco Bell?!” as you’re finishing off your last round of drinks at the bar. Three tacos, a bean and cheese burrito, and one order of cinnamon twists later you’re shaking your head wondering, How did it happen again?

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Negativity, Social Awkwardness Common in Women With Eating Disorders

Recent evidence from a team of Swedish researchers indicates that women with eating disorders other than anorexia have personality traits that largely distinguish them from the general population.

Personality traits are the mixtures of long-term thought and behavioral tendencies that help differentiate human beings from each other. These traits develop in childhood and adolescence before reaching a more-or-less fixed form in adulthood. In a study published in March 2015 in the Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers from three Swedish institutions compared the typical personality traits of women with eating disorders other than anorexia to the personality traits of generally healthy women. These researchers found a number of traits that distinguish women with non-anorexia-related eating disorders and partially account for their symptoms.

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Recognizing and Treating Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a recurring pattern of binge eating followed by either purging with laxatives, diuretics or self-induced vomiting, or through extreme dieting. It is a mental health disorder, meaning that recovery from the illness will require not only behavior modification but also a focus on improved emotional health.

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Asking For Help When You Have an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are very serious. When compared to all types of mental illnesses, eating disorders are implicated in the greatest number of deaths. An eating disorder is a condition related to mental and emotional health, but its impacts affect the entire body. The only way to get better and to ensure that your disordered eating doesn’t devastate your life any further is to ask for help. Doing so can be frightening. You likely feel ashamed and embarrassed about the way you eat, which is normal for someone with an eating disorder. Start with someone you trust and you will find that those who love you want to help and support you.

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Objective Binge Eating Vs. Subjective Binge Eating

Binge eating is a behavior that occurs when people eat unusually large amounts of food in a relatively short period of time. This behavior plays a central role in two officially diagnosable eating disorders, called bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Some affected individuals truly consume excessive amounts of calories, and therefore participate in something called objective binge eating. However, other affected individuals only believe they eat excessive amounts of calories; these people participate in something called subjective binge eating. According to the results of a new study published in August 2013 in the Journal of Eating Disorders, subjective binge eaters suffer from their condition just as much as objective binge eaters. 

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Binge-Eating Disorder Is Now a Mental Illness

Binge/purge anorexia (also known as binge-eating/purging type anorexia) is a subtype of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa that varies somewhat from the common perception of that disorder. People affected by binge/purge anorexia participate in some of the same behaviors that characterize two other diagnosable eating disorders, called bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. However, each of these disorders differs from the other in important ways, and doctors use the dissimilarities between the conditions to make accurate diagnoses in their patients.

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Binge Eating Can Lead to Other Addictive Behaviors

Addictions are not limited to alcohol or drugs. People can become addicted to multiple substances and habits including gambling, sex, and eating. Researchers are finding links between addictions and overall addictive behavior. In a few studies on binge eating, researchers found links between binge eating fatty foods and craving cocaine and marijuana. With further research, scientists may be able to better understand how a person’s loss of control over a craving influences their risk of developing an addiction.

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Can’t Stop Eating Them? Food Companies Know It and They’re Doing Their Best to Keep You Hooked

If certain foods are as addictive for some people as drugs, then what do you call companies that manufacture foods in such as way as to make them as addictive as possible? Can food companies work something like the way drug pushers do?

A new book by a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the New York Times suggests that this may be the case. Michael Moss spent years studying how big food companies like Kraft, General Mills and Coca Cola actually “engineer” foods for taste not nutrition. Their goal is to create as many “heavy users” as possible, with heavy users being people who cannot stop eating favorites like potato chips and caffeinated sodas, possibly because they have developed addictions to them. Their other goal is to increase their “stomach share,” which is food company lingo for a portion of the profits of the food industry.

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Profile of a Binge Eater: Kathryn

A lot of people have certain preconceptions about what a binge eater or anyone with an eating disorder should look like. You might assume that a binge eater is an overweight, lazy, and insecure woman who lives alone and has few friends. It is easy to judge something that you don’t understand.

Kathryn is a forty-something-year old successful lawyer in a busy metropolitan community. She works long days, defending some of the town’s worst criminal offenders. She has a fifteen-year-old son from a previous marriage who has just discovered girls. Her current husband, Jack, is a business owner. Neither of the men in her life knows about her secret. Kathryn is a binge eater.

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Binge Eating Overview: An Overview

Binge eating disorder is an officially recognized eating disorder characterized by frequent, excessive consumption of food. Unlike people who voluntarily overeat on holidays or other limited occasions, people with the condition feel a compulsion to overeat, and continue their behavior even when they become aware of its negative consequences. Because of the level of food consumption involved, binge eating disorder can lead to a variety of serious or potentially fatal illnesses. What’s more, people with the disorder also sometimes have or develop additional mental health problems. Fortunately, doctors and mental health professionals can treat binge eaters through methods that include medications and psychotherapy.

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