Definition

An eating disorder characterized by massive food binges (similar to Bulimia Nervosa) without the purging or other compensating behaviours.

Characteristics

Periods of eating compulsively and consuming large quantities of food until the individual is uncomfortably full, followed by feelings of guilt and shame which lead to secretive eating. Use food as a way to cope with or block out feelings and emotions they do not want to feel.

Examples

Eating excessive quantities of food which leads to being overweight or obese.  Constantly eating regardless of day or time.  Food eaten is often fatty or unhealthy.

Physical Complications or Side Effects

Obesity, menstrual irregularities, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, shortness of breath, tooth decay, rectal bleeding, chronic fatigue, liver and kidney problems, heart disease or ultimately death.

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