Binge eating disorder

Consumption of unusually large amounts of food associated with the feeling of being unable to stop eating.

Binge eating disorder is described as eating excessively, or uncontrollably, between periodic time intervals. 

A process with excessive overeating and feeling of being out of control becomes a regular recurrence.

1-5% of persons have a binge eating disorder.

Most patients with being eating disorder are overweight, but some are normal weight.

Characteristics of binge eating disorder:

Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time

Feeling that eating behavior is out of control

Eating when full or not hungry

Eating rapidly during binge episodes

Eating until uncomfortably full

Frequent eating alone or in secret

Feeling depressed, guilty, or upset about eating

Frequently dieting.

The risk for BED can be present in children and most commonly manifests during adulthood.

Studies suggest that the heritability of BED in adults is approximately 50%.

Similarly to bulimia, some people may be involved in purging and binging.

Patients might vomit after food intake or take purgatives. 




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