Overeating or Bingeing: What's the Difference?

Overeating or Bingeing: What's the Difference?

A lot of people have been asking about the differences in overeating and bingeing. Just because you overeat, does not mean you have a problem bingeing. Splurging on three pieces of pizza (and laughing about it with your diet buddies) is not necessarily considered a binge and it really differs on a case by case basis.


Here's the deal from The Center for Emotional Well-Being:

Eating more than you plan isn’t necessarily a binge. The exact amount will depend from person to person. This means that for one person a binge may be eating an entire packet of chocolate macaroons, but for another it could be a jumbo pizza, and a tub of ice cream with a beer chaser. Other indications of bingeing are three or more of the following:

  • Eating faster than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when you are not physically hungry
  • Eating alone or hiding eating to avoid embarrassment
  • Feeling ashamed, disgusted, depressed, distressed or guilty about overeating

Bingers are also known to hoard food and hide empty food containers. If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, may have an eating disorder then please contact a professional who can help you with this matter. Check out NEDA.org to find a provider near you.

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