What are the symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder?

How do we decide when a binge eating should be defined as an eating disorder? We all over-eat and comfort eat, particularly at particular times of the year such as Christmas. Binge eating means eating an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.

The key difference between a pattern of binge eating and over-indulgence is the regularity with which the binges take place. The binges are also likely to be triggered by difficult feelings, such as feeling down or anxious. Overall, the feeling towards food is an overwhelming loss of control over behaviour towards food and intense guilt about bingeing.

Both people with bulimia and binge eating disorder binge on a regular basis, feel their eating is out of control and experience overwhelming feelings of guilt about their behaviour. People with bulimia compensate for excessive food intake by purging, vomiting, misuse of laxatives and over-exercise. People with binge eating disorder do not compensate, and consequently, over time become very overweight or obese.