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Binge-eating

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Compulsive eating pattern characterized by eating an excessive amount of food within a short period of time.

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People with binge-eating disorder experience frequent episodes of out-of-control eating, with the same binge-eating symptoms as those with bulimia. The main difference is that individuals with binge-eating disorder do not purge their bodies of excess calories. Therefore, many with the disorder are overweight for their age and height.

Feelings of self-disgust and shame associated with this illness can lead to bingeing again, creating a cycle of binge eating.

Source: NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) Eating Disorders 

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