Although there's no sure way to prevent binge-eating disorder, if you have symptoms of binge eating, seek professional help. Your primary care doctor or other health care provider can advise you on where to get help.
If you know someone with a binge-eating problem, steer them toward healthier behavior and professional treatment before the situation worsens. Here's how you can help:
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- Cultivate and reinforce a healthy body image in your children no matter what their size or shape.
- Talk with your pediatrician. Pediatricians may be in a good position to identify early indicators of an eating disorder and help prevent its development.
- If you notice a relative or friend who seems to have food issues that could lead to or indicate an eating disorder, consider supportively talking to the person about these issues and ask how you can help.
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