Binge Eating

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.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

Food, My Frenemy

My struggle with a binge eating disorder began at age 12. What followed were years of shame, lies, weight fluctuations and, at one particularly desperate moment, maternity clothes.

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

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.

Eating Disorder Treatment May Be Failing Black Women

New research sheds light on bias in research and treatment.

Minority Women: The Untold Story

"I think about food constantly. I am always trying to control the calories and fat I eat, but so often I end up overeating. Then I feel guilty and vomit or take laxatives so I won't gain weight.

Rewire Your Food Cravings and Triggers

Bringing awareness to our food cravings can change our relationship to them—we can be with that craving rather than be caught up in it.

Disordered Eating in Midlife and Beyond

Aging can be a challenge to body image. For some women, it may bring on — or rekindle — an eating disorder.

Disordered Eating in a Disordered Time

For Emily Roll, a performance artist in southeast Michigan, the beginning of 2020 offered a glimpse of hope for an anorexia recovery that was a long time coming. After 15 years of struggling with an eating disorder, Mx. Roll began seeing a nutritionist and therapist.

The Way I Ate

“Diet” is a strange word, used to describe both a deviation from the norm and the norm itself: the foods that make up a day, a week, a lifetime.

Banishing the Binge

Over the past 20 years, health care professionals have argued about how to best treat binge eating disorder. Some felt it was important to address issues of diet and obesity first, using behavioral weight-loss management, while others pushed to treat psychological issues like anxiety and depression.

What Binge Eating Has Taught Me

Fighting wasn’t working. The battle got me nowhere. I had to try something radically different. So…I made friends with binge eating. I ate the food AND felt my feelings. Rather than using food to tune OUT of my life, I started using it to tune IN.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


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