Causes of binge eating

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Causes of binge eating

What's behind binge eating is always a sense of deprivation, or being deprived or restricted from something. Classic story for a child: They come home from school. They're alone. There's nothing to do. Maybe it's not safe to go outside. They're deprived of going out and playing with their friends. What can they do? All they can do is eat. And on top of that, they're probably hungry because it's after school. Mom and dad aren't there; nobody's there. They're deprived of community and family, food steps into the void, and it's a setup for 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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