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Fat people are binge eaters

The majority of larger people are not binge eating. Studies
have repeatedly shown that binge eating affects only about one-third of overweight people who seek treatment. (The key phrase here is "who seeks treatment" because most larger people do not seek medical treatment for their weight). You may think that you have been on a binge after eating a few cookies or an ice cream sundae. What you are actually doing is eating normally, according to the definition of "normal eating" set forth by noted dietitian Ellyn Satter, RD, MSW.

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