Binge eating-disorder is an eating disorder that occurs in 16 out of every 1,000 females and 8 out of every 1,000 males in the United States. Thus, it is relatively rare, as there is a difference between binge eating and everyday overeating. Most people overeat from time to time, especially during celebrations or holidays. Binge eating is defined as eating a large amount of food in a short period of time during which a subjective loss of control over eating is experienced. Of course, a large amount of food and a short period of time are both subjective concepts, but experts say eating over 2,000 calories in less than 2 hours could be considered a binge episode.
Binge-eating episodes are also associated with some or all of the following:
If you have been experiencing these episodes at least once a week for at least 3 months, and you experience distress because of your binge eating, you may have binge-eating disorder.
Here is some more information about binge-eating disorder:
Binge eating and its consequences could be detrimental to your mental and physical health. If you seek to gain control over your eating, there are experts at Great Lakes Psychology Group that can help. Make an appointment with one of our eating disorder specialists today.
Note: if you consistently engage in any activity that is meant to compensate for the calories consumed during a binge eating episode, such as vomiting, excessive exercise, or the use of diuretics or laxatives, you may have bulimia nervosa, not binge-eating disorder. Visit our Eating Disorders page for more information.