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Binge Eating Under Consideration for DSM-V

Members of the American Psychiatric Association are now considering whether to include "binge eating disorder" in the next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V, which is due to be published in May 2012)

Some psychiatrists believe that binge eating disorder is similar to anorexia and bulimia, in that it is a full- fledged, definable eating disorder with a set of unique symptoms and a pattern of progression that responds predictably to treatment.

According to one study from Harvard University, about 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men are binge eaters or among those who eat large quantities of food in one sitting and then feel shame and regret afterward. Some psychologists, such as Dr. Terry Wilson of Rutgers University, say they believe that the description of the disorder should also include a preoccupation with size and weight.

Psychotherapy can help patients explore childhood traumas or unseen motives that cause the disorder, and teach them to recognize situations and feelings that trigger binges. The aim of such therapy would not necessarily be to achieve weight loss but to help the person stop binge eating.

Labels: binge eating, dsm-v

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