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Binge Eating Disorder

characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full

While there is no purging, there may be and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge.  People who overeat compulsively may struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness; also known as compulsive overeating.

Symptoms

  • Frequent episodes of eating large quantities of food in short periods of time
  • Feeling out of control over eating behavior
  • Feeling ashamed or disgusted by the behavior
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Eating in secret
  • Sporadic fasts or repetitive diets

Health Consequences

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