Binge eating disorder: Signs and symptoms

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Discover the main signs of a binge eating disorder.

Key points

  • If someone has binge eating disorder (BED), they may eat very quickly, eat until uncomfortably full or eat alone.
  • BED is also linked with feeling out of control with eating, depression and problems at school and with friends.
  • Because binge eating is often done in secret, the only physical sign may be rapid weight gain.
  • It is important to seek help for binge eating as soon as you suspect it. If left untreated, it can lead to obesity, which carries a range of complications.
Last updated: September 12th 2023