People that binge-eat may feel out of control during an episode. They may feel unable to stop eating or control the amount of food that they eat. They may eat very fast and eat past the point of feeling full. They may consume enormous amounts of calories, fats, and sugars. People that binge-eat may eat alone to hide their behaviors or because they feel ashamed afterwards.
Binge-eating can have an element of bulimia; however, most people with binge-eating disorder do not purge. Binge-eating is similar to compulsive overeating, however, people who binge-eat do not have a compulsion to overeat and do not fantasize about food.
Overtime, untreated binge-eating can lead to serious medical complications. Binge-eating can cause people to be overweight or obese. It can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, gallbladder disease, and certain types of cancer.