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The third and most recently defined eating disorder is binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is characterized by episodes of binging without any subsequent purging behavior. Patients with this disorder eat more rapidly than normal until completely full, and they consume an amount of food far beyond the point of satisfying physical hunger. They often eat alone or secretly because of embarrassment, and they have strong feelings of guilt, depression, or self-disgust.

Binge eating disorder, (currently being researched) as defined by the DSM-IV, is characterized by:

  • Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within a 2 hour period), amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in similar circumstances
  • A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode

The binge-eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Clinic

  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating.

To receive a diagnosis of binge eating disorder, the individual must experience a lack of control over eating and marked distress regarding binge-eating, and she must binge an average of 2 days per week for 6 months. This disorder is distinguished from obesity–defined as weighing 20% or greater than ideal body weight–in that obesity is not associated with the same degree of lack of control, self-anger, shame, and frustration as binge eating.

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Compulsive Overeating

Compulsive overeaters, also known as binge eaters, overeat but do not purge, which usually leads them to become overweight. Binge eating is characterized by eating, in a discrete period of time, an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances, as well as by a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode.

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