Binge Eating Information
If you've had the occasional episode of out-of-control eating, you may be looking for information on binge eating to find out if you could have binge eating disorder or another eating disorder. A person with binge eating disorder does have episodes of binge eating, characterized by eating an excessive amount of food within a discrete period, but these episodes are frequent and recurring.
Other common symptoms include:
- Eating until uncomfortably full
- Eating alone because of embarrassment by how much one is eating
- Consuming large amounts of food even when not physically hungry.
Not surprisingly, people with this disorder may gain weight, which can lead to obesity, and obesity raises the risk for many health problems, such as:
In addition, people with binge eating disorder report more health problems, stress, trouble sleeping, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder.
(Click Binge Eating to learn more, including possible causes, treatment options, and the challenges of losing weight when dealing with binge eating issues.)