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Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating

Abstract: Overview of the symptoms of binge eating, compulsive overeating and bulimia nervosa.

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Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 06 Nov 2008.

What is meant by binge eating?

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The term Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is used for those who go through recurring episodes of compulsive overeating. They eat far too much, but don't get rid of the extra calories in the same way as those with bulimia.

They typically eat large quantities of food quickly even when they are not physically hungry. More. Feelings of shame and guilt are common.

BED usually leads to overweight. About one fifth of those who seek medical help for overweight have typical symptoms. Even those with overweight who don't have typical symptoms are often helped by similar treatment.

Many people have eating disorders which don't exactly fit the traditional classification of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. More.

Examples of binges.
The causes of binge eating are the same as for bulimia.
The treatment of binge eating is essentially the same as for bulimia.

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