_______________  is characterized by recurrent binge eating episodes during which a person feels a loss of control and marked distress over his or her eating. Binge eating episodes are not followed by purging, excessive exercise or fasting.

a. Binge eating disorder
b. Bulimia Nervosa
c. Anorexia Nervosa
d. High carb eating disorder
e. Low carb eating disorder

Answer: a

1. Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent binge eating episodes during which a person feels a loss of control and marked distress over his or her eating.
Unlike bulimia nervosa, binge eating episodes are not followed by purging, excessive exercise or fasting. As a result, people with binge eating disorder often are overweight or obese.
 
2. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating (eating large amounts of food in a short time, along with the sense of a loss of control) followed by a type of behavior that compensates for the binge, such as purging (e.g., vomiting, excessive use of laxatives, or diuretics), fasting, and/or excessive exercise.

Unlike anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia can fall within the normal range for their weight. But like people with anorexia, they often fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape.
 
3. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a significant and persistent reduction in food intake leading to extremely low body weight in the context of age, sex, and physical health; a relentless pursuit of thinness; a distortion of body image and intense fear of gaining weight; and extremely disturbed eating behavior.

Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight, even when they are starved or severely malnourished.
 

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