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Binge Eating Signs & Symptoms

07-01-2015

While many of us overeat at times, some people struggle with frequent episodes of overeating and feeling unable to stop also known as binge eating. Binge eating is a disorder characterized by frequent consumption of large amounts of food coupled with feelings of compulsion that makes a person unable to resist urges.

Binge eating with self-induced vomiting is called bulimia nervosa. Unlike a person with bulimia, after a binge, a binge eater would not regularly compensate for extra calories eaten by vomiting, using laxatives or exercising excessively. Instead, he or she may attempt dieting or eating normal meals because restricting their diet may lead to more binge eating.

Like individuals with bulimia, binge eaters often talk about feeling out of control during binge eating episodes, and also feel guilty or embarrassed after overeating. Signs and symptoms that someone you know may be a binge eater include eating excessive amounts of food over a short period of time, eating when not hungry, eating to the point of discomfort or hiding eating from others.

Binge eating may result in a number of negative health consequences. Many individuals with binge eating disorders also suffer from depression, and may also be overweight or obese. However, treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy can help reduce episodes of binge eating and help decrease the guilt associated with binge eating.

The severity of binge eating is best determined by the frequency of bingeing episodes that occur during a week. Binge eating is a medical condition that doesn’t get better by itself.

If you think that you or someone you know suffers from binge eating disorder, please seek medical attention from your primary care provider.

Additional information about eating disorders can be found here:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p196.html

Sources:
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/binge-eating-disorder
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p187.html

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