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SECRETIVE EATING

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

AVOID ACCUMULATION IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0

SECRETIVE EATING IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE

Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics, causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control. For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease. As a dosha or biocharacteristic accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits, it is more and more likely to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle, as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices. For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.

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AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & BIOCHARACTERISTICS

'Secretive eating' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and biocharacteristics. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of 'Secretive eating'.

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and biocharacteristics are likely to accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and biocharacteristics accumulate too much, they will begin to cause imbalance. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
KAPHA
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Biocharacteristics of 8,337 People Reporting Secretive eating

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Secretive eating were less aggravated than 55% of other symptoms. From the 8,337 people who reported Secretive eating in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Heavy
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94.0%
38.7% (3,230)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Causes Kapha
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92.8%
43.7% (3,641)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Sweet
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92.4%
36.5% (3,042)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Oily
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91.3%
36.0% (3,003)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Salty
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86.0%
33.5% (2,796)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Gooey
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75.8%
25.1% (2,092)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Sour
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57.9%
26.5% (2,206)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Hot
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37.1%
23.3% (1,942)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Pungent
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35.6%
16.4% (1,364)
6,802 have Pungent constitution
Toxic
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34.1%
30.3% (2,522)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Pitta
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34.1%
29.4% (2,448)
10,540 have Pitta constitution
Difficult
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26.8%
32.8% (2,731)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Cold
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24.5%
23.2% (1,933)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Bitter
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19.2%
17.5% (1,461)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Astringent
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17.1%
18.5% (1,539)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Light
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12.9%
18.1% (1,505)
9,391 have Light constitution
Vata
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10.2%
25.7% (2,140)
11,554 have Vata constitution
Dry
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7.6%
18.7% (1,562)
9,009 have Dry constitution

Risk Factors of Secretive eating

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Secretive eating. Overall, 25.19% of people surveyed in this research study reported Secretive eating.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 25.19%

Review These Common Risk Factors

Feel underweight (2358)
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233
9.9%
60% less often
Feel overweight (25362)
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6758
26.6%
10% more often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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2172
11.1%
60% less often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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4764
28.5%
10% more often
Male (1336)
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184
13.8%
50% less often
Female (26227)
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6511
24.8%
insignificant difference
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Hiding wrappers / packaging (4619)
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3694
80%
220% more often
Hide food (3231)
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2546
78.8%
210% more often
Scheduling time alone to eat (3314)
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2183
65.9%
160% more often
Stole food or money to buy food (1041)
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654
62.8%
150% more often
Chewing and spitting food (1294)
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794
61.4%
140% more often
Trauma-induced overeating (1603)
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982
61.3%
140% more often
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food (461)
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279
60.5%
140% more often
Buy food for others then eat it (2759)
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1657
60.1%
140% more often
Uncontrollable compulsion to eat (4198)
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2495
59.4%
140% more often
Purging Food (2856)
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1674
58.6%
130% more often
Binging more than 1x monthly (5063)
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2857
56.4%
120% more often
Laxatives to lose weight (2812)
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1437
51.1%
100% more often
Preoccupied with food (5772)
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2946
51%
100% more often
Can't stop eating once I start (4901)
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2501
51%
100% more often
Feel like a failure after overeating (9279)
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4697
50.6%
100% more often
Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night (5367)
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2701
50.3%
100% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1384
50%
100% more often
Diuretics to lose weight (2085)
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1042
50%
100% more often
Indiscriminate eating (3113)
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1540
49.5%
100% more often
Defensive (225)
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111
49.3%
100% more often
Rebel against food limitations (3798)
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1862
49%
90% more often
Self-loathing (6841)
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3332
48.7%
90% more often
Bulimia, past or current (3506)
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1662
47.4%
90% more often
Panic about size, shape or weight (6563)
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3107
47.3%
90% more often
Overeat more than 2x/week (8274)
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3838
46.4%
80% more often
Avoid social events due to appearance (7275)
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3370
46.3%
80% more often
Eating without realizing it (4049)
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1871
46.2%
80% more often
Gastric bypass surgery (437)
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202
46.2%
80% more often
Eat when lonely / depressed (9688)
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4410
45.5%
80% more often
Exercising as punishment (2175)
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988
45.4%
80% more often
Distress when sweets unavailable (4006)
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1783
44.5%
80% more often
Feel judged for my weight (9359)
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4162
44.5%
80% more often
Overeat because of spouse / kids (2718)
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1193
43.9%
70% more often
Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image (5887)
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2580
43.8%
70% more often
Diet pills, gums (5926)
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2565
43.3%
70% more often
Self Mutilation (1881)
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811
43.1%
70% more often
Restricting Water Intake (650)
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279
42.9%
70% more often
Ashamed of weight (11921)
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5012
42%
70% more often
Uneasy when food unavailable (4533)
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1874
41.3%
60% more often
Smoking to suppress appetite (3891)
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1604
41.2%
60% more often
Multiple weight loss programs (10770)
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4395
40.8%
60% more often
Angry when someone eats my food (7138)
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2895
40.6%
60% more often
Preoccupied with size, shape or weight (12085)
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4891
40.5%
60% more often
Burning sense of shame (3769)
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1505
39.9%
60% more often
Joint pain after eating (712)
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280
39.3%
60% more often
Can't afford to buy food (1909)
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748
39.2%
60% more often
Exercising after eating too much (2548)
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983
38.6%
50% more often
Drinking coffee to replace food (7337)
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2825
38.5%
50% more often
Trips to food stores daily (4340)
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1664
38.3%
50% more often
High Blood Sugar (1860)
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709
38.1%
50% more often
Anorexia, past or current (4050)
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1540
38%
50% more often
Blisters (609)
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226
37.1%
50% more often
Fasting to lose weight (11675)
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4329
37.1%
50% more often
Omitting Food Groups (10981)
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4067
37%
50% more often
Difficulty finding clothes that fit (9502)
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3506
36.9%
50% more often
Search for perfect bite (3999)
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1460
36.5%
40% more often
Foods, drinks, or supplements to lose weight (13052)
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4764
36.5%
40% more often
Spending all day in the kitchen (3076)
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1115
36.2%
40% more often
Insulin Resistance (2202)
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793
36%
40% more often
Famine / Underfed in Childhood (1923)
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692
36%
40% more often
Psychiatric Treatment (3639)
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1301
35.8%
40% more often
Bulky muscles (2089)
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748
35.8%
40% more often
Manic / giddy (2385)
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852
35.7%
40% more often
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems (827)
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294
35.6%
40% more often
Fat on back (9429)
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3355
35.6%
40% more often
Puffy / swollen skin (3944)
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1402
35.5%
40% more often
Frequent baking (2956)
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1035
35%
40% more often
Chronic Peeling Skin (1173)
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409
34.9%
40% more often
Oppressed / disempowered (3669)
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1282
34.9%
40% more often
Not smart enough (1117)
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389
34.8%
40% more often
Not attractive enough (1759)
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611
34.7%
40% more often
Low self esteem (11266)
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3884
34.5%
40% more often
Strep Throat (1657)
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571
34.5%
40% more often
Carbuncle (209)
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72
34.4%
40% more often
Stress overeater (17964)
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6177
34.4%
40% more often
Artificial sweeteners (8589)
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2957
34.4%
40% more often
Fat back of arms (12643)
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4334
34.3%
40% more often
Edema (2527)
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863
34.2%
40% more often
At odds with local community (1665)
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566
34%
30% more often
House dark (3837)
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1303
34%
30% more often
Underdressed for cold weather (3757)
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1278
34%
30% more often
Puffy hands (5957)
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2021
33.9%
30% more often
Emotional eating (20626)
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6963
33.8%
30% more often
Eating vegetables to suppress hunger (9352)
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3159
33.8%
30% more often
Jealous / envious (1049)
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353
33.7%
30% more often
Preoccupied with sex / lust (2530)
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853
33.7%
30% more often
Preoccupied with healthy eating (10868)
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3661
33.7%
30% more often
Non-healing sore / ulcer (816)
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274
33.6%
30% more often
Low metabolism (11201)
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3758
33.6%
30% more often
Excessive sleep (5994)
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2005
33.5%
30% more often
At odds with nationality / culture (212)
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71
33.5%
30% more often
Feel judged / criticized (8498)
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2839
33.4%
30% more often
Liposuction (652)
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218
33.4%
30% more often
Depressed (11180)
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3718
33.3%
30% more often
Difficulty expressing desires (9207)
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3066
33.3%
30% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Secretive eating

In this research study, people who report Secretive eating were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Hide food
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2546
+3.2 times
31%
9.78% (3,231 cases)
Hiding wrappers / packaging
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3694
+3.1 times
44%
14.08% (4,619 cases)
Chewing and spitting food
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794
+2.9 times
10%
3.47% (1,294 cases)
Purging Food
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1674
+2.8 times
20%
7.06% (2,856 cases)
Exercising as punishment
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988
+2.7 times
12%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Stole food or money to buy food
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654
+2.7 times
8%
2.96% (1,041 cases)
Trauma-induced overeating
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982
+2.6 times
12%
4.62% (1,603 cases)
Scheduling time alone to eat
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2183
+2.5 times
26%
10.44% (3,314 cases)
Bulimia, past or current
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1662
+2.4 times
20%
8.43% (3,506 cases)
Uncontrollable compulsion to eat
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2495
+2.3 times
30%
12.89% (4,198 cases)
Buy food for others then eat it
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1657
+2.3 times
20%
8.6% (2,759 cases)
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Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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369
+2.3 times
4%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Binging more than 1x monthly
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2857
+2.3 times
34%
14.86% (5,063 cases)
Exercising after eating too much
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983
+2.2 times
12%
5.47% (2,548 cases)
Slow, heavy digestion
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4136
+2.2 times
50%
22.89% (21,898 cases)
Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
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3901
+2.2 times
47%
21.59% (13,471 cases)
Restricting Food Intake
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4996
+2.1 times
60%
28.12% (15,613 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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2957
+2.1 times
35%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
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279
+2.0 times
3%
1.48% (461 cases)
Abdominal surgery
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388
+2.0 times
5%
2.47% (1,336 cases)
Feel like a failure after overeating
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4697
+2.0 times
56%
27.76% (9,279 cases)
Eat when abdomen painful
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1384
+2.0 times
17%
8.44% (2,767 cases)
Laxatives to lose weight
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1437
+2.0 times
17%
8.63% (2,812 cases)
Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night
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2701
+2.0 times
32%
16.26% (5,367 cases)
Avoid social events due to appearance
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3370
+2.0 times
40%
20.48% (7,275 cases)
Preoccupied with food
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2946
+2.0 times
35%
17.94% (5,772 cases)
Can't stop eating once I start
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2501
+1.9 times
30%
15.42% (4,901 cases)
Self-loathing
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3332
+1.9 times
40%
20.63% (6,841 cases)
Self Mutilation
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811
+1.9 times
10%
5.17% (1,881 cases)
Anorexia, past or current
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1540
+1.9 times
18%
9.45% (4,050 cases)
Smoking to suppress appetite
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1604
+1.9 times
19%
9.99% (3,891 cases)
Currently/recently on a diet
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3844
+1.9 times
46%
24.25% (11,960 cases)
Feel judged for my weight
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4162
+1.9 times
50%
26.44% (9,359 cases)
Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image
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2580
+1.9 times
31%
16.44% (5,887 cases)
Rebel against food limitations
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1862
+1.9 times
22%
11.72% (3,798 cases)
Eat when lonely / depressed
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4410
+1.9 times
53%
28.3% (9,688 cases)
Diuretics to lose weight
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1042
+1.9 times
12%
6.42% (2,085 cases)
Panic about size, shape or weight
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3107
+1.9 times
37%
19.92% (6,563 cases)
Indiscriminate eating
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1540
+1.8 times
18%
9.83% (3,113 cases)
Overeat more than 2x/week
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3838
+1.8 times
46%
25.6% (8,274 cases)
Blisters
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226
+1.8 times
3%
1.68% (609 cases)
Diet pills, gums
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2565
+1.8 times
31%
17.56% (5,926 cases)
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems
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294
+1.8 times
4%
2.28% (827 cases)
Eating without realizing it
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1871
+1.8 times
22%
12.55% (4,049 cases)
Distress when sweets unavailable
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1783
+1.7 times
21%
12.01% (4,006 cases)
Overeat because of spouse / kids
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1193
+1.7 times
14%
8.03% (2,718 cases)
Insulin Resistance
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793
+1.7 times
10%
5.8% (2,202 cases)
Ashamed of weight
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5012
+1.7 times
60%
34.92% (11,921 cases)
Angry when someone eats my food
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2895
+1.7 times
35%
20.45% (7,138 cases)
Poor diet
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3482
+1.7 times
42%
24.63% (11,384 cases)
Preoccupied with size, shape or weight
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4891
+1.7 times
59%
35.03% (12,085 cases)
Compulsive exercising
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621
+1.7 times
7%
4.18% (1,909 cases)
Emotional eating
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6963
+1.7 times
84%
50.22% (20,626 cases)
Puffy / swollen skin
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1402
+1.7 times
17%
10.17% (3,944 cases)
Uneasy when food unavailable
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1874
+1.7 times
22%
13.17% (4,533 cases)
Burning sense of shame
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1505
+1.7 times
18%
10.82% (3,769 cases)
Stress overeater
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6177
+1.7 times
74%
44.62% (17,964 cases)
Multiple weight loss programs
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4395
+1.6 times
53%
32.35% (10,770 cases)
Gain weight easily
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6022
+1.6 times
72%
43.99% (35,031 cases)
Boils
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377
+1.6 times
5%
3.08% (1,160 cases)
High Blood Sugar
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709
+1.6 times
9%
5.62% (1,860 cases)
Seizures
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127
+1.6 times
2%
1.25% (452 cases)
Can't afford to buy food
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748
+1.6 times
9%
5.63% (1,909 cases)
Gastric bypass surgery
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202
+1.6 times
2%
1.26% (437 cases)
Stocky, round, broad or large
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3295
+1.6 times
40%
25.26% (19,065 cases)
Fasting to lose weight
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4329
+1.6 times
52%
32.89% (11,675 cases)
Search for perfect bite
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1460
+1.6 times
18%
11.6% (3,999 cases)
Food is a necessary distraction
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1822
+1.5 times
22%
14.21% (5,753 cases)
Strong hunger
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5050
+1.5 times
61%
39.61% (31,540 cases)
Pancreatitis
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150
+1.5 times
2%
1.3% (498 cases)
Liposuction
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218
+1.5 times
3%
1.95% (652 cases)
Low self esteem
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3884
+1.5 times
47%
30.57% (11,266 cases)
Drinking coffee to replace food
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2825
+1.5 times
34%
22.19% (7,337 cases)
Tongue frothy on edges
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233
+1.5 times
3%
1.96% (739 cases)
Fatty fried food
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3210
+1.5 times
39%
25.49% (11,744 cases)
Famine / Underfed in Childhood
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692
+1.5 times
8%
5.25% (1,923 cases)
Eating after midnight
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1138
+1.5 times
14%
9.2% (3,846 cases)
Difficulty finding clothes that fit
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3506
+1.5 times
42%
27.6% (9,502 cases)
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin
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429
+1.5 times
5%
3.29% (1,304 cases)
Wide, Heavy Hips
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3350
+1.5 times
40%
26.4% (20,459 cases)
Puffy hands
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2021
+1.5 times
24%
15.87% (5,957 cases)
Large portions
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4570
+1.5 times
55%
36.38% (14,369 cases)
Bloody stools
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297
+1.5 times
4%
2.66% (1,021 cases)
Puffy face
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2169
+1.5 times
26%
17.32% (6,516 cases)
Exercising without eating
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2057
+1.5 times
25%
16.67% (7,501 cases)
Sweet taste on tongue
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388
+1.5 times
5%
3.36% (1,286 cases)
Restricting Water Intake
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279
+1.5 times
3%
2.02% (650 cases)
Omitting Food Groups
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4067
+1.5 times
49%
33.04% (10,981 cases)
Manic / giddy
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852
+1.5 times
10%
6.75% (2,385 cases)
Fatty Liver
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825
+1.5 times
10%
6.76% (2,700 cases)
Recurrent Vomiting
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240
+1.5 times
3%
2.03% (817 cases)
Strep Throat
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571
+1.5 times
7%
4.74% (1,657 cases)
Water Retention
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3471
+1.5 times
42%
28.5% (10,907 cases)
Feel rejected / unliked / unappreciated
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3796
+1.5 times
46%
31.22% (11,813 cases)
Bulky muscles
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748
+1.5 times
9%
6.11% (2,089 cases)
Trips to food stores daily
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1664
+1.5 times
20%
13.59% (4,340 cases)
Sour sweat
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711
+1.5 times
9%
6.13% (2,316 cases)
Foods, drinks, or supplements to lose weight
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4764
+1.5 times
57%
38.99% (13,052 cases)
Overwhelmed by responsibilities
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5004
+1.5 times
60%
41.32% (19,304 cases)
Pain relieved by doubling over
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757
+1.5 times
9%
6.2% (2,537 cases)
Dilated Pupil
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157
+1.4 times
2%
1.38% (518 cases)

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