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Old Wed, Dec-19-18, 10:16
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Food insecurity -- difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals -- was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent International Journal of Eating Disorders study.

It is important to examine potential links between binge-eating disorder and food insecurity because binge eating is associated with more severe mental and physical health problems than overeating or obesity alone. To investigate, researchers surveyed 1,250 US adults and categorized them into three groups: healthy weight, binge-eating disorder, and obesity. The team assessed financial influences on participants' food consumption behaviors over the previous 12 months.

A greater proportion of individuals within the binge-eating disorder and obesity groups reported that they cut the size of their meal or skipped meals, and ate less than they thought they should, relative to participants in the healthy weight group.

"This is an important study because it expands our view as to who might be susceptible to binge-eating disorder," said co-author Dr. Janet Lydecker, of the Yale School of Medicine. "Although we traditionally think about self-imposed dieting (to lose weight) as associated with binge eating, our findings suggest that externally-imposed restrictions on food are also related to binge eating."

There's a rat model of binge eating. Feed normal chow, only occassionally let them have a go at some oreos. This works better if there's some calorie restriction in the regular feeding schedule.

This makes sense as being normal physiology in the wild, if food is uncertain, why not binge when a windfall presents itself? We can blame Barbie, and unrealistic celebrity etc. role models, and self image and all, but can we really blame all that when the same thing happens to a rat?

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For example, one proven way to reduce the longing for a certain food is to eat it less frequently. In other words, it's better to remove something from your diet than to try to eat smaller helpings of it.

I have certain foods, like homemade sugar free ice cream, that some would consider binge foods. But I eat them almost daily. Even make more if I want to. But uncontrolled binges don't happen with these foods... removing something almost completely from your diet, does it increase the probability of a binge the very rare time that you do consume it?
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