Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

The hallmark symptom of binge eating disorder is recurring episodes of bingeing, or eating excessive amounts of food at one time, without associated purging behaviors like vomiting, exercising, or medication abuse. Other symptoms include

  • eating when under stress,
  • feeling as if one is starving,
  • rapid eating, and
  • taking longer than normal to feel full.

Shame, eating alone, depression, and guilt feelings can be associated with bingeing or may occur afterward. Feelings of distress related to the behavior are common. If binge eating persists over time, overweight and obesity may result.


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2017

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