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March 02, 2010

National eating disorders awareness week

It's national eating disorders awareness week & experts say there is yet one more eating disorder to look out for.Binge eating now has its own category as an eating disorder, alongside anorexia & bulimia, says Dr. Susan Gordon, clinical program manager of the Mood & Eating Disorder program at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatments.

“Recently, I think with the epidemic of obesity in the United States, the need to study this more thoroughly, the need to really more aggressively treat it, there's been an impetus to give binge eating its own diagnostic code.”

Dr. Gordon says this is a week for identifying & assessing eating disorders that remain hidden in the American population. Ways of eating & not eating that can be detrimental to a person's health. Those concerned can call the Belmont center at 1-800-220-HELP.

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