Binge eating or binge eating disorder (BED) is the term used to describe recurrent episodes where a person consumes large quantities of food quickly and often to the point of pain. People who binge frequently feel a lack of control over their episodes, frequently followed by intense feelings of guilt and shame. Binge eating is a behavior that can accompany other forms of disordered eating, and it is the most common eating disorder in the United States. Like all disordered eating habits, it can arise in people of any gender, body type, and identity, usually in response to extreme stress or trauma.
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The defining characteristic of binge eating disorder is recurrent episodes of binge eating that occur, on average, at least once per month (for at least 3 months). Binge eating is eating an abnormally more amount of food than a person would normally eat in a similar period of time.
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