Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by several behavioral and emotional signs or symptoms:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating occurring at least once a week for three months
  • Eating a larger amount of food than normal during a short time frame (any two-hour period)
  • Lack of control over eating during the binge episode (feeling you can’t stop eating or control what or how much you are eating)

Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:

  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating alone out of embarrassment over quantity eaten
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, ashamed, or guilty after overeating

In addition:

  • Marked distress regarding binge eating is also present
  • Binge eating is not associated with frequent inappropriate compensatory behavior, such as purging, excessive exercise, etc.

Binge eating does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia or anorexia

Binge Eating Disorder Complications

People who have BED and are also obese may be at greater risk for several potentially life-threatening complications. The list of potential binge eating disorder complications includes:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Certain cancers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep apnea
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)