New smartphone app hopes to stop binge eating

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TakeControl wants to break the cycle of binge eating & identify the triggers...

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Binge eating is now thought to affect more than twice the number of people as bulimia, but a new app aims to help by breaking the cycle of binging.

Identifying the triggers and patterns of eating in a sufferers daily routine, the TakeControl app will alert users when they may be likely to overeat.

Developed by scientists at Drexel University, behavioural therapy techniques are also used to equip people with the tools to take control of their eating habits.

Acting in a similar way to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the app will ask people to record factors such as their moods, urges and food consumption, reports The Independent.

Binge eating has only recently been included in the eating disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the psychiatric bible used to diagnose and treat mental illness.

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