“A person who binge eats uses food as a means of coping with, or silencing, negative emotions such as anxiety or depression.”
By Natasha Hinde
People with binge-eating disorder can be best helped with talk therapy or medication, according to a review of studies on the subject.
Binge eating can be defined as “consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time”. Often, a person will eat until they become uncomfortably full.
“A person who binge eats uses food as a means of coping with, or silencing, negative emotions such as anxiety or depression,” a spokesperson for eating disorders charity Beat told The Huffington Post UK.
An independent review of previous studies on the eating disorder concluded that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could help reduce binge-eating.
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