Binge eating disorder is characterised by recurrent episodes of binging, or extreme overeating. Binging occurs when a person eats a large amount of food in a short amount of time, and is usually marked by a lack of control. On average, Binge Eating Disorder is diagnosed when a person has an episode at least once a week for at least three months.
People with binge eating disorder may eat very quickly, even if they're not hungry. They often feel guilt and embarrassment about their eating, which leads to binging alone to hide the behaviour.
If you think your loved one is showing signs of binge eating disorder, it's time to get help.
The first step is visiting your GP and asking for a referral to an Eating Disorder Specialist.