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.
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.
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.