Binge eating is a significant eating disorder where in the binge eaters are
unable to hold back themselves and often use food as a way of coping with
emotions like loneliness and stress. This practice is more than just the
occasional over indulgence. Binge eating affects men and women equally. Almost 2-4%
of North Americans are affected by it.
The University of Calgary has begun a new study to look into this disorder. They
will also look for ways that will help binge eaters. Their main objective is to
determine whether a self help book and telephonic counseling of a therapist per
week will help binge eaters.
This project is being launched by Phil Masson to evaluate the self-help
approach. He was written a self help book on this topic. The book is being
tested in a U of C research trial which is recruiting participants for the
study and will use the book in conjunction with 13 weeks of counseling with a
therapist. Masson said, "Giving people some more skills to cope with and
deal with the binge eating prevents the binge eating."