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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: binge eating | addiction | purging | depression

Recognizing Food Addiction

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 04 December 2019 04:36 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Binge-eating disorder, which many experts consider a form of food addiction, is the most common eating disorder in the United States, afflicting approximately 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), lists the following inclusion criteria for binge eating disorder:

Recurrent episodes of eating during a discrete period of time (e.g., within two hours) an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time and under similar circumstances

Lack of control over eating during the episode: feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating

Three of the following: eating much more than normal; eating until uncomfortably full; eating large amounts of food when not hungry; eating alone because of embarrassment over how much one eats; feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or guilty afterwards

• Marked distress about binge eating

• Bingeing occurs at least once a week for three months

• Binge eating that’s not associated with purging, such as self-induced vomiting, or other compensating behaviors to lose weight, including excessive exercise or laxative use

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Binge-eating disorder, which many experts consider a form of food addiction, is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
binge eating, addiction, purging, depression
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 04:36 PM
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