Binge eating

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Binge eating is such an interesting concept, and we hear it all the time. You hear about binge drinking, you hear about binge shopping; it's becoming a word that we use a lot. What does it mean? In the eating disorder world, it means feeling out of control when it comes to eating, that you can't stop. Now diagnostically, it means that you have this out of control feeling and you're also eating a lot. Traditionally and clinically, it's eating more than a normal person would in the same circumstances. So in other words, Thanksgiving dinner, we all get overstuffed, is not a binge because the whole country, Americans all over the world are overeating on Thanksgiving Day. But when it's not what everyone else is doing, it's feeling out of control, you're the only one doing it, and you feel guilty about it. One sign that we use or a good thing to watch for is when binge eating happens in secret. And then something for parents to watch, if they're noticing that their child is eating a lot in their bedroom for example, wrappers in the garbage can, under the sheets, that's maybe a sign that the child is binge eating.

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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