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What are the signs of binge eating disorder (BED)?

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Besides eating a large amount of food, they include:

  • You binge when you're alone.
  • You stockpile bags of chips or cookies in your closet or under your bed.
  • You have no power over how much you eat or when to stop.
  • You may eat lightly throughout the day without set meal times. Or you eat a small bit at meals or skip them all together.
  • You might only eat certain foods or groups -- eating only yogurt, for example.
  • You don't do things to get rid of extra calories, like make yourself throw up, over-exercise, or take laxatives.

From: Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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