People with binge-eating disorder lose control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, binge eating does not purge, use excessive exercise, or fast. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S. The cause of binge eating is unknown. However, binge eating usually begins during or after strict dieting.
What are the Symptoms of Binge Eating?
- Eating 5,000-15,000 calories in one sitting in a specific amount of time, such as 2 hours
- Eating even when full or not hungry
- Eating fast during binge episodes
- Eating until uncomfortably full
- Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment
- Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about eating
- Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
- Overeats throughout the day
- Often snacks, in addition to eating three meals a day