Binge eating is in a way similar to bulimia. It includes excessive, out-of-control eating of large amounts of food in a short period which can even at times cause discomfort. Binge eaters do not purge their food through vomiting or other means and so are prone to being overweight.
Binge eaters can also struggle to deal with their emotions and times of emotional turbulence such as stress, anger, sadness or boredom may cause a sufferer to binge eat. Binge eaters often suffer from depression as a result of overeating. Binge eating causes excess weight which puts the tween or teen at risk of these health problems:
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Treating binge eating
  • Treatments include the following:
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Medications, including antidepressants
  • Psychotherapy