Eating Unusually Large Amounts Of Food
Binge eating disorder patients commonly find themselves eating unusually large amounts of food. They also tend to eat this food very quickly rather than spreading it out. Binges involve the consumption of a great deal of food in a short period of time, usually a few hours or less. Many individuals with this eating disorder have a history of dieting. When individuals restrict the calories they take in, they may trigger binges because they've denied themselves certain foods or portions. While binge eating disorder patients don't purge, they may start diets to try to make up for the binge eating.
Unfortunately, this can lead to a vicious cycle of diet-triggered bingeing, followed by dieting to make up for the binges. Eating large quantities of food can cause individuals to gain large amounts of weight and also cause problems with metabolic regulation. If individuals gain too much weight, they may develop weight-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease.