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Hi, passionfruit, and thank you so much for your question!

First, I want to tell you that I'm glad you're concerned for your friend. The fact that you are worried about her tells me that you're a very thoughtful soul.

How often does your friend binge, and are they really binges, or just overeating?

Do you know if she also tries to purge, either by using laxatives or by making herself vomit afterward?

People overeat, or binge, for a lot of reasons. It's often for emotional comfort of some kind or another. If your friend has just had a really bad day at school or at work and comes home to eat a pint of ice cream, that's one thing (and not necessarily an eating disorder). But if she's binging several times a week, or eating half a gallon of ice cream at once, or making herself purge afterward, then that's a real reason for concern.

Can you tell me any more about her? Is she under a lot of stress in her life right now?

September 3, 2009 - 8:38am


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