Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder involves recurrent episodes of uncontrolled overeating that are referred to as binge episodes. Unlike bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder does not involve compensatory behaviors aimed at preventing weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting, or intense exercising. Binge eating is associated with much distress.

Common Physical Complications Associated with Binge Eating

Medical complications including:

  • Obesity (which has been associated with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer)
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Abdominal discomfort

Common Psychological Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder

There is often tremendous guilt, shame, anger, and depressed mood associated with bingeing.