Concept

Binge eating

Summary
Binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. It is a common symptom of eating disorders such as binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. During such binges, a person rapidly consumes an excessive quantity of food. A diagnosis of binge eating is associated with feelings of loss of control. Binge eating disorder is also linked with being overweight and obesity. Diagnosis The DSM-5 includes a disorder diagnosis criterion for Binge Eating Disorder (BED). It is as follows:
  • Recurrent and persistent episodes of binge eating
  • Binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following: ** Eating much more rapidly than normal ** Eating until feeling uncomfortably full ** Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry ** Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating ** Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating
  • Marked distress regarding binge
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