Binge Eating Disorder - Signs and Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of binge eating disorder?

Signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder include recurring episodes of binge eating without engaging in purging, excessive exercising, the use of medications, or any other behaviors that are often used by bulimic individuals to attempt to compensate for the binge episode. People with this mental illness tend to engage in stress eating, take longer to feel full, and are more likely to feel like they are starving when that is not the case. The binge episodes are associated with at least three of the following characteristics:

  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating when not physically hungry
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Eating alone because of shame
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or guilty after overeating

Also, the individual with binge eating disorder experiences marked distress regarding their binge eating.

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