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In order to stop binge eating, treatment is needed. People rarely manage to stop on their own. Treatment for binge eating can include various types of therapy, including nutritional and interpersonal therapy. In some cases, medications are also used to help people overcome this condition.
Research on interrupting the binge eating cycle has shown that once a structured pattern of eating is established, the affected person experiences less hunger, less deprivation, and a reduction in negative feelings about food and eating. The two factors that increase the likelihood of binging -- hunger and negative feelings -- are reduced, which decreases the frequency of binges.
Treatment is typically needed if people are to be successful at stopping binge eating. People with this disorder should get help from a healthcare provider, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker.
There are several different ways to treat binge eating disorder, including psychotherapy and drug therapy. Treatment can involve several different types of therapy, including nutritional, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapy. Drug therapy, such as antidepressants, may be helpful for some people.
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