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What is binge eating?

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Loss of control

Bing eating when a person eats a much larger amount of food in a short period of time than he or she used to, during that the person feels a loss of control.

In brief: Loss of control

Bing eating when a person eats a much larger amount of food in a short period of time than he or she used to, during that the person feels a loss of control.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Periodic overeating

As its name implies, binge eating refers to periodically eating vastly more than nutritional requirements would demand.
This is an unhealthy pattern of eating, sometimes driven by emotional stress or by preceding undereating, for instance in extreme dieting. Binges followed by purging through vomiting or laxative use constitute classical bulemia, a dangerous eating disorder.

In brief: Periodic overeating

As its name implies, binge eating refers to periodically eating vastly more than nutritional requirements would demand.
This is an unhealthy pattern of eating, sometimes driven by emotional stress or by preceding undereating, for instance in extreme dieting. Binges followed by purging through vomiting or laxative use constitute classical bulemia, a dangerous eating disorder.
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Dr. Nina Savelle-rocklin
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Uncontrolled w/food

Binge eating is characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly & to the point of experiencing physical pain.
There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and feelings of shame. When this occurs once a week for at least three months, it's considered binge eating disorder. It is a way of turning psychological conflict into physical action. It is treatable with therapy.

In brief: Uncontrolled w/food

Binge eating is characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly & to the point of experiencing physical pain.
There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and feelings of shame. When this occurs once a week for at least three months, it's considered binge eating disorder. It is a way of turning psychological conflict into physical action. It is treatable with therapy.
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In brief: Binge Eating

People who compulsively overeat, though, may use food as their only way of coping with negative emotions.
As a result, they often feel that their eating is out of control. They think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/features/compulsive-overeating-and-how-to-stop-it

In brief: Binge Eating

People who compulsively overeat, though, may use food as their only way of coping with negative emotions.
As a result, they often feel that their eating is out of control. They think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/features/compulsive-overeating-and-how-to-stop-it
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