Binge eating is when a person eats a much larger amount of food in a shorter period than he or she normally would. During a binge, the person also feels a loss of control.
A binge eater often:
- Eats 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting
- Often snacks, in addition to eating three meals a day
- Overeats throughout the day
Bingeing by itself usually, leads to becoming overweight.
Bingeing may occur on its own or with another eating disorder, such as bulimia.
People with bulimia typically eat large amounts of high-calorie foods, usually in secret. After this bingeing, they often force themselves to vomit or take laxatives.
The cause of binge eating is unknown. However, binge eating often begins during or after strict dieting.