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What are the signs of binge eating disorder (BED) in a loved one?

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Look for these red flags if you believe your child or another loved one is binge eating:

  • You find "stashes" of food -- like under a bed or in a backpack.
  • Large amounts of food go missing from the pantry or fridge.
  • Your loved one "disappears" behind closed doors or stays up late at night (to binge in secret).
  • Piles of food wrappers are left in the car, buried in the trash, or hidden in places like a closet.
  • Your loved one hides her body with baggy clothes.

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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