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Understanding Binge Eating Disorder in Men
Defining Binge Eating Disorder
- A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode.
- Eating until they feel uncomfortably full.
- Eating large amounts of food when they do not physically feel hungry.
- Eating alone because of embarrassment at how much they are eating.
- Feeling disgusted with themselves, depressed, or very guilty after overeating.
Risk Factors for Binge Eating Disorder
- Problems dealing with emotions (certain emotions like anger, sadness, worry, or boredom can trigger binge eating)
- Avoids conflict
- Sensitivity to critical comments about weight, appearance, or body shape
- Low self-esteem
- Past experience with being bullied
- Social isolation
How to Get Help
- Behavioral counseling (alone or with a group) to find and control triggers.
- Counseling to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Treatment of any underlying disorders that contribute binge eating like depression.
National Eating Disorders Organization http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Overeaters Anonymous https://www.oa.org/
Overeaters Anonymous—Ontario http://www.oaontario.org/
Overeaters Anonymous—Ottawa http://www.oa-ottawa.org/
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- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/15/2012