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Symptoms and Signs of Binge Eating Disorder

Doctor's Notes on Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is in a type of eating disorder characterized by binge eating that is not followed by behavior to compensate for the eating such as purging, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. Binge eating disorder is believed to be more common than anorexia (avoiding eating) and bulimia (binge eating and purging).

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include binge eating that is characterized by an inability to control the binges, and guilt or distress because binges. Binge eating disorder is also associated with eating more quickly than usual, eating until uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food even though the person is not physically hungry, eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by the amount being eaten, and feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty afterward. Other symptoms that may result from binge eating include weight gain, being overweight, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar levels.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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