Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Binge-Eating Disorder

Stephen Soreff, MD


November 08, 2017

A childhood history of emotional abuse is a risk factor for binge-eating disorder. Thorough history taking should include queries regarding suicidal ideation or planning or self-harm, because this has been documented in patients with binge-eating disorder. Asking about substance misuse is critically important because of the frequent comorbidity of substance use disorders with binge-eating disorder.

A youth or adult at high risk for binge-eating disorder is likely to binge in response to emotional triggers, such as abandonment, loss, or work- or school-related stress. The impact of societal pressures should not be ignored; media inputs, such as movies, television, and the Internet, often show eating large portions of ice cream as an accepted method to cope with stress (eg, in response to a relationship breakup).

For more on the presentation of binge-eating disorder, read here.


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