Reality Check

Hollywood celebs with anorexia or bulimia get the headlines. But a new study from Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital shows binge eating--eating beyond the "full" point at least twice a week--is more common than those two illnesses combined. 3.5% of women and 2% of men in the U.S. binge, compared with 0.9% of women with anorexia and 1.5% of women with bulimia. Scientists now call bingeing a "major" U.S. health problem.