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Binge Eating Becoming More Common

Binge Eating Becoming More Common

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Paul Nelson, KSL NewsradioJust what you want to hear the day after eating all those Valentine's candies--scientists say binge eating is increasing. Researchers say over three percent of women do it, and two percent of all men do, too.

You may not feel too glorious after you eat too much. A new study says binge eating is now the most common eating disorder in the U.S., passing anorexia and bulimia.

Angela Murdock: "A binge is eating way past the point of fullness in a very short period of time on a repeating basis."

New Life Centers Operations Director Angela Murdock says it's like stuffing yourself, like you do on Thanksgiving, at least two times a week. The study in Biological Psychiatry says two percent of all men do it, and more than three percent of women do, too.

Angela Murdock: "A lot of people, after they engage in a binge, will follow up with maybe going on a diet right afterwards because they can't believe how much they just ate."

Murdock says counseling sessions, or even medication, can treat binge eating.

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