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Binge Eating Disorder

Similar to bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder is defined by the consumption of an unusually large amount of food and feeling out of control.  Unlike bulimia, there is no compensatory purging involved to counter the overeating.  A combination dieting (or wanting to) and stress can trigger binge eating. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact Student Health (805) 893-3371.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Secretive eating patterns
  • Always “on a diet”
  • Hiding food
  • Avoidance of social situations that revolve around food

Physical Symptoms

  • Significant weight fluctuations
  • Weight gain
  • Uncomfortably full

Emotional Symptoms

  • Loss of control while eating
  • Feelings of shame or guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts


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