Information on Binge Eating Disorder
If you overeat from time to time, or often feel like you've eaten more than you should, does that mean you are a binge eater? Eating a lot of food does not necessarily indicate a disorder. Most people with serious binge eating problems feel their eating is out of control. In addition to eating an unusually large amount of food, a person with this condition may also:
- Eat until they are uncomfortably full
- Eat alone because they are embarrassed about the amount of food they eat
- Feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating.
An estimated 2 percent of all adults in the United States (as many as 4 million Americans) have binge eating disorder. Up to half of all people who have this condition are depressed or have been depressed; however, it's unclear if depression causes binge eating disorder or if the disorder causes depression.
Treatment is most successful when the disorder is first diagnosed. The longer abnormal eating behaviors persist, the more difficult it is to overcome the disorder.
(For more information, click Binge Eating Disorder. This article talks about how this condition affects the body, who is at risk, and more.)