New findings from research suggest that brain signal abnormalities may be a contributing factor. It may be that too much or too little of certain brain chemicals affect the way that the brain processes thoughts and emotions. Researchers think that some people may be genetically predisposed to eating disorders, meaning that they inherit an increased risk of developing the condition under certain circumstances.
Binge-eating disorder is classified as an “eating disorder- not otherwise specified.” Binge-eating falls into this category because it does not meet the diagnostic criteria for any specific eating disorder. In the future, researchers may formulate the exact diagnostic criteria for it.
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