Binge Eating: What to Look For

A child who has binge eating disorder is not necessarily overweight. Signs to look out for include eating unusually large quantities of food, eating when she is not hungry, eating rapidly, and feeling depressed, disgusted or ashamed about her eating habits. Children and adolescents who have the disorder will often hide their binge eating from those around them, making the symptoms particularly hard to detect. It is also common for those affected to lose and gain weight repeatedly, which is known as “yo-yo dieting.”