A Study On Overcoming Binge Eating

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Overcoming Binge Eating Binge eating is defined as “consuming an amount of food in a discrete period of time (e.g. 2 hours) that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar amount of time under similar circumstances” (UpToDate). UpToDate surveyed adults in the United States and estimated that the lifetime prevalence of binging is 2.6%, and that the average prevalence in clinical samples (weight control programs) is 30%. The prevalence had no relationship to race, employment status, or marital status. Binging disorder is more common in women than men, probably due to the media’s preoccupation with weight loss and linking self-esteem to being thin. About half of the binge eaters of our country are overweight or obese, and the remaining individuals are of normal weight (UpToDate). My family history is rather remarkable for similar issues. Bingers should recognize the need to change their health behavior because if they continue to overeat, they are greatly at risk for numerous preventable health problems.
Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) This theory is best suited for binge-eating because it focuses primarily on the assumption that people do not change health behaviors quickly or decisively; changed behavior happens continuously through a cyclical process. It has six stages:
1) Pre-contemplation: person not intending to take action or change behavior
2) Contemplation: Person intends to start behavior change in near future (6 months)…

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