Overeating from time to time is fairly normal, especially during a large holiday meal like Thanksgiving. But for those with binge eating disorder it can become a regular occurrence, in that they may “frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating,” says the Mayo Clinic.
While many people with binge eating disorder are overweight or obese, this is not always case; some individuals may be of normal body weight. This, along with their ability to hide their symptoms, can make it challenging to identify those with the condition, but here are six behavioral and emotional signs to look out for.
1. Eating Unusually Large Amounts of Food
One of the primary signs of binge eating disorder is that the individual will consume an abnormally large amount of food within a short time, typically a two-hour period. In some cases, MedicalNewsToday.com says, “10,000 to 20,000 calories of food may be consumed in one bout of bingeing,”
According to EatingDisorderHope.com, the reason for this bingeing is they never experience satiation “the state of being satisfied, no matter the amount of food consumed.”