How To Toss Cravings Among Binge Eaters?

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From 190 million Americans who are obese, nearly 10-15 percent is involved in unhealthy binge eating. It was noticed that during single sittings, these over-eaters eat large servings of food which is high in calorie. Sufferers then tend to put on weight, undergo depression and suffer from diabetes and heart diseases. A novel clinical trial which is called the Regulation of Food Cues, targets to treat binge eating by assisting the individuals to recognize their real hunger and thereby practice resistance if their stomach is full.

According to KidsHealth.org, “people who binge are usually overweight — even obese — because they take in so many more calories than their bodies can use. As a result, they may feel bad about themselves, feel that they lack self-control, and feel bad about their bodies. Binge eating involves more than just eating a lot. People with this problem don’t want to be overweight. They wish they could be slim and healthy. Many times people who binge eat feel misunderstood. It’s not as easy as others might think to just stop eating. With bingeing, a person feels out of control and powerless to stop eating while doing it. That’s why binge eating is also called compulsive overeating.”

Most of the weight loss treatments for over-weight adults emphasizes very little on the eating patterns of the binge eaters, says Kerri Boutelle, PhD, a lead researcher and assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Along with this study they use an assortment of techniques to teach the brain to recognize and respond their hunger and cravings and learn resistance to elevated craved foods. The one year long research will employ 30 individuals who shall undergo weekly 60-90 minutes session which will be held for 12 weeks. These individuals will be taught how the food cravings take place, how to recognize them and monitor the hunger, how various emotional factors influence the eating habits and how to manage them.

Teaching the over-weight individuals how to identify hunger signals is based on the principles of psychology which has proved to be effective while treating conditions like bulimia and anxiety. Binge eaters frequently eat food in response to their surroundings and not because they are hungry. They tend to engage in eating when they are watching TV or while lying on a couch when they are lonely. The main objective of the study is to condense the cravings to overeat by 50%. Exposure based treatments assist the eaters in improving their sensitivity towards hunger and fullness while also condense their sensitivity to smell and sight of food.


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