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Binge Eating Disorder

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder involves recurrent episodes of significant overeating over short periods of time. People with binge eating disorder may feel like they cannot control their eating, and may eat large amounts of food quite quickly even when they’re not hungry, possibly due to a need for comfort, or to cope with stress or emotional lowness. Often, people with binge eating disorder experience feelings of distress, embarrassment, disgust, and depression as a result of the uncontrollable episodes. It can be difficult for others to identify that someone has a problem with binge eating because these episodes are often done in private.

People with binge eating disorder have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight concerns.


The signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

  • Eating unusually large amounts of food over a short amount of time
  • Feeling that eating is out of control
  • Eating when you’re full or not hungry
  • Eating rapidly
  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
  • Frequently eat alone or in secret
  • Feeling ashamed, guilty, depressed, and disgusted in oneself
  • Frequently dieting


Treatment for binge eating disorder may include a combination of the following:

  • Individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy
  • Medical care and monitoring
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Medication

Dalton Associates can help you find the right mental health professional for the treatment of binge eating disorder. They may use a combination of therapies to reduce or eliminate binge eating, improve self-esteem, and treat the underlying mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.


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