Binge Eating
Binge eating (often referred to as compulsive overeating) is similar to bulimia in that large amounts of food/calories are consumed in an uncontrolled manner. However, there is no purge cycle in this disorder. A person who is a binge eater often will eat when not physically hungry, at night or in secret, is obsessed with food, and often feels guilt and shameful about eating.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Episodes of binge eating
  • Frequent dieting
  • Feeling unable to stop eating voluntarily
  • Awareness of abnormal eating patterns
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Depressed mood
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Obesity

Physical Consequences

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Certain types of cancer