Binge eating

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Binge eating
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Binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. It is sometimes a symptom of binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating disorder. During such binges, a person rapidly consumes an excessive quantity of food. A diagnosis of binge eating is associated with feelings of loss of control.[1]


Typically the eating is done rapidly and a person will feel emotionally numb and unable to stop eating.[2] Most people who have eating binges try to hide this behavior from others, and often feel ashamed about being overweight or depressed about their overeating. Although people who do not have any eating disorder may occasionally experience episodes of overeating, frequent binge eating is often a symptom of an eating disorder.

Binge-eating disorder, as the name implies, is characterized by uncontrollable, excessive eating, followed by feelings of shame and guilt. Unlike those with bulimia, those with binge-eating disorder symptoms typically do not purge their food, fast, or excessively exercise to compensate for binges. Additionally, these individuals tend to diet more often, enroll in weight-control programs and have a history of family obesity.[3] However, many who have bulimia also have binge-eating disorder.

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  1. ^ Mitchell, James E.; Michael J. Devlin; Martina de Zwaan; Carol B. Peterson; Scott J. Crow (2007). Binge-Eating Disorder: Clinical Foundations and Treatment. Guilford Press. p. 4. ISBN 1606237578. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ D. Zweig, Rene; Robert L. Leahy (2012). Treatment Plans and Interventions for Bulimia and Binge-Eating Disorder. Guilford Press. p. 28. ISBN 9781462504947. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan (2013). (Ab)normal Psychology. McGraw Hill. p. 345-346. ISBN 0078035384.