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Eating disorders: facts about eating disorders and the search for solutions. NIH Publication No. 94-3477. Rockville, MD. 9 Eating Disorders Sourcebook, Third Edition 23. Neumark-Sztainer D, Falkner M, Story M, Perry C, Hannan PJ and Mulert S. (2002). Weight-teasing among adolescents: correlations with weight status and disordered eating behaviors. International Journal of Obesity; 26 (1):123–31. 24. Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ. (2000). Weight-related behaviors among adolescent girls and boys: results from a national survey.

Remember that there is no exact science to eating “right,” and it is not unusual for us to harbor some idiosyncrasies or quirkiness about what and how we eat. What differentiates a benign quirk from a disordered eating pattern? The disordered pattern is invariably marked by rigidity and inflexibility, by an all-or-nothing, extreme, and compulsive quality. It is important to find better ways to respond to feelings than to develop habits that are self-defeating. Here are ten things you might do: 1.

Experts generally agree that most people with serious binge eating problems often eat an unusually large amount of food and feel their eating is out of control. People with binge eating disorder also may: • eat much more quickly than usual during binge episodes; • eat until they are uncomfortably full; • eat large amounts of food even when they are not really hungry; • eat alone because they are embarrassed about the amount of food they eat; • feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating.

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