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from: Anna Nagel and Melissa Lorenz


1. description

2. symptoms

3. causes and risk factors

4. investigation and diagnosis

5. treatment

6. course of the disease and prognosis

7. Video

8. end


  • "binge binges" regularly afflicted

  • pleasure, hunger or satiety are irrelevant

  • the feast sometimes last houres

  • people can't controll it

  • they stop if they are getting sick

  • after that they feel shame, guilt and disgust


  • eating much faster than ususal

  • eating until an uncomfortable feeling of fullness

  • eating large amounts of food even if you don't feel hungry

  • eating alone out of embarrassment

  • feeling disgust, depressed, guilty after overeating



  • occurrence mental illness in family
  • abuse

  • negativ self-image

  • critical life events

  • overweight and obesity in childhood

  • strict parental nutritional practices

  • people who do many diets

risk factors

  • stress

  • relationship between diet and binge-eating

  • physiological response evoke from the taste, smell and sight of food, but also feelings of lonliness or depression



  • the family doctor can be the first point of contact

  • he can ask specific questions

  • he will examine you physically

  • he will also look if there can be any consequential damage

  • if you have overweight he will check of your cardiovascular system


  • Doctors, Physicans are checking if there is a physical or psychic ground, if you have suspision of it

  • eating disorder examination tests are a reliable diagnostic tool in clinics

  • there are also Self-Assessment Questionnaires in the Internet


  • it can be treated both as inpatient and outpatient

  • special treatment concepts for therapeutic methodes

  • the cognitive behavioral therapy is in form of a diary about his eating habits and feelings

  • it can uncover the trigger for binging

  • the interpersonal therapy is going with the current life situation of the patient

  • medication for patients with for example depression


course of the disease

  • often runs in phases

  • some can eat normal for weeks but than get back binging

  • the course is more favorable in short term than with bulimia


  • prognosis in each individual case depends on how severe the binge eating is

  • if binge eating and any concomitant dieseases are treated early and professionally, than the chances of recovery are good