Most of us overeat from time to time, and many people feel they
frequently eat more than they should. Eating large amounts of food,
however, does not mean that a person has binge eating disorder.
Doctors are still debating the best ways to determine if someone
has binge eating disorder. But most people with serious binge
eating problems have:
Frequent episodes of eating what others would consider an
abnormally large amount of food.
Frequent feelings of being unable to control what or how much
is being eaten.
Several of these behaviors or feelings:
Eating much more rapidly than usual.
Eating until uncomfortably full.
Eating large amounts of food, even when not physically
Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being
Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after
Episodes of binge eating also occur in the eating disorder
bulimia nervosa. Persons with bulimia, however, regularly purge,
fast, or engage in strenuous exercise after an episode of binge
eating. Purging means vomiting or using diuretics (water pills) or
laxatives in greater-than-recommended doses to avoid gaining
weight. Fasting is not eating for at least 24 hours. Strenuous
exercise, in this case, is defined as exercising for more than an
hour solely to avoid gaining weight after binge eating. Purging,
fasting, and strenuous exercise are dangerous ways to attempt
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a