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"How can binge eating contribute to weight gain and what are some effective strategies to stop it?"

Binge eating can increase caloric intake by 2-3 times more than normal meals, contributing significantly to weight gain.

Dieting can decrease levels of leptin, a hormone that signals fullness, making it harder to recognize satiety and potentially leading to overeating.

Emotional eating, a factor in binge eating, can be driven by cortisol, the "stress hormone," which increases cravings for high-calorie, high-fat foods.

Genetic predisposition can account for up to 50% of binge eating behaviors, indicating a strong hereditary component.

Gut microbiota plays a significant role in eating behaviors, and disruptions in this microbiome can contribute to overeating and obesity.

Some prescribed medications, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, have been linked to a higher risk of binge eating, particularly in women.

Mindfulness-based interventions can help manage binge eating by increasing awareness of triggers and teaching coping mechanisms.

External factors, such as food advertising and portion sizes, can significantly affect eating behaviors, leading to overeating and binge episodes.

Compensatory behaviors, such as purging and excessive exercise, are often associated with binge eating, further exacerbating health risks.

Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and Agouti-related protein (AGRP), two hormones involved in appetite regulation, can be affected by binge eating, leading to increased hunger and cravings.

Binge eating can contribute to gut barrier dysfunction and inflammation, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders.

Artificial sweeteners, although commonly marketed as low-calorie alternatives, have been linked to increased food cravings and the risk of weight gain and binge eating.

Mindset and self-talk have a crucial impact on binge eating behavior; negative self-talk and body dissatisfaction can perpetuate the cycle of binge eating.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are evidence-based treatments for binge eating disorder, focusing on changing negative thought patterns and improving relationships.

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