Binge-Eating Disorder

Frequent episodes of uncontrolled overeating without purging. 

  • Frequent episodes of eating large quantities of food in short periods of time, often secretly, without regard to feelings of "hunger" or "fullness."
  • Frequent feelings of being "out of control" during binges.
  • Eating large quantities of food rapidly, without really tasting the food.
  • Eating alone.
  • Feelings of shame, disgust, or guilt after a binge.

Warning Signs of Binge Eating Disorder:

  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is consuming
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, and very guilty after overeating
  • Feeling unable to stop eating voluntarily

Binge eating disorder often results in some of the health risks associated with clinical obesity.

Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease as a result of elevated triglyceride levels
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease