Diseases & Conditions
Binge eating disorder
An EATING DISORDER that resembles BULIMIA but without the vomiting (purging). Girls with binge eating disorder feel that they lose control of themselves when eating, gorging themselves with huge amounts of food until they are uncomfortably full. Usually, they have more problem losing weight and keeping it off than do girls with ANOREXIA or bulimia. In fact, most girls with the disorder are obese and have a history of weight ﬂuctuations. About 3 percent of all teenage girls develop binge eating disorder.
Girls with this condition are usually overweight, so they are prone to the serious medical problems associated with obesity. They also tend to have high rates of other psychiatric illnesses, especially DEPRESSION.