During holidays, friend and family parties, or a night out at dinner, it's easy to overindulge (binge) on foods you normally would try to avoid. Even though you may feel bad about it, it's important to know that it happens to everyone at some point, and you shouldn't beat yourself up about it.
However, binge eating is different than binge eating disorder and emotional eating.
Binge eating disorder is a serious eating disorder that affects roughly four million Americans. Binge eating is categorized as eating unusually large amounts of food on a daily basis. Some of the symptoms associated with binge eating disorder are eating even though you're full, eating in secret, feeling ashamed or guilty of yourself after eating, frequently dieting, losing and gaining weight, and eating rapidly during a binge episode.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, binge eating disorder affects approximately one to five percent of the general population.
Emotional eating occurs when a certain emotion (whether it's anger, sadness, anxiety, stress, or positive emotions) triggers you to overeat and ignore signals that you're full.
Can binge eating or eating disorders be partly due to genes?
Kelly Klump, PhD, discusses the symptoms of binge eating disorder, as well as how it's different than emotional eating or experiencing a binge every once in a while.