London: A smartphone app has been developed which aims to strike at the same moment that binge eating urges occur.
The app has been developed as part of two new treatments designed to help those suffering from the disorder, the Independent reported.
Developed by scientists at Drexel University, the TakeControl app will track users` individual patterns of consumption and binge eating behaviour, alerting them at times when they may be susceptible to overeating.
Alongside this, small-group behavioural therapy techniques are also being created to equip patients with the psychological tools to help them benefit from the standard treatment received by those who binge eat.
The app aims to break the cycle of binge eating by becoming familiar with the individual`s habits and triggers and warning them when the risk is high.
Acting in a similar way to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the app will allow patients to record factors such as their multiple mood states, binge eating activity and urges, and whether or not they have eaten regular meals and taken required medication.