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Definition of Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder: An eating disorder characterized by periods of extreme overeating, but not followed by purging behaviors, as in bulimia. Binge eating disorder can occur alone or in association with abnormality of the brain's hypothalamus gland, Prader-Willi disorder, or other medical conditions. It can contribute to high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Treatment may include therapy, dietary education and advice, and medication.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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