Binge Eating: What Is It?

While everyone may overeat occasionally, a child with binge eating disorder regularly consumes unusually large quantities of food in relatively short periods of time, with the feeling that her overeating is out of her control. Children or adolescents affected by the disorder overeat compulsively, often in secret and with great embarrassment or guilt. Binge eaters can be of normal weight, overweight, or obese. And unlike bulimia, binge eating does not involve “purging,” or self-induced throwing up.