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More Americans Binging, Fewer Purging

Dateline Boston, MA - February 1, 2007

A new study by Harvard University Medical School and McLean Psychiatric Hospital published today shows that 3.5 of women and 2 percent of men suffer from the eating disorder known as "binge eating" or episodes of uncontrolled eating which occur at least twice a week. This is double the amount of subjects suffering from bulimia and triple the amounts suffering from anorexia.

"We think that this study may underestimate the amount of Americans who classify as binge eaters," said Dr. Tubof Beeflard of Harvard, "In fact, this could also be a key contributor to the growing problem of American obesity. If we could just convince more bingers to purge afterwards, then perhaps this would ease obesity fears."

Not all Americans, however, think that more purging is the answer.

"I paid for all this food," muffled Cynthia Thompson between handfulls of Ruffles, "I'll be damned if I'm gonna *chomp chomp* purge it up just because some "government type" says so. I'm a big girl, I do what I want."

Indeed, with more Americans binging seemingly every day, it was only a matter of time before someone in the mental health community came along to rationalize it and absolve them from personal responsibility.

For WNN this is Mor E. Purging reporting.

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