Binge eating

Binge eating

Binge eating

What is binge eating?

Binge eating consists of repeated episodes of overeating. Within a limited period of time, a person ingests a quantity of food far superior to what most people would in the same circumstances. However, binge eating differs from bulimia in that there is no regular recourse to compensatory behaviours to eliminate ingested calories.

Also present in binge eating are feelings of loss of control, shame, disgust, guilt and symptoms of depression. The people who suffer are generally either overweight or obese.

Binge eating symptoms

In order to establish a diagnosis, specialists monitor the following behaviours:

A. Recurring episodes of binge eating with the feeling of loss of control

B. These episodes are associated with at least 3 of the following criteria:
• Food intake is extremely fast and in quantities well above normal
• Person eats to the point of feeling an uncomfortable abdominal distension
• Eats large amounts of food without having any sensation of hunger
• Eats alone, being embarrassed to eat such a large quantity of food
• Feels self-disgust, depression or strong guilt after binge eating episodes

C. Bulimic behaviour is a source of noticeable suffering.

D. Bulimic behaviour occurs at least once a week over a three-month period.

E. This bulimic behaviour is not associated with inappropriate compensatory behaviours and does not occur exclusively during anorexia or bulimia

To consult all DSM-5 definitions of eating disorders, visit their website at

Do you think you might be suffering from binge eating?

Do you know someone close to you who might be suffering?

BACA can help you treat binge eating

Outpatient follow-ups for adults

Woman, men, athletes… A different approach is necessary for the different populations in our society. Individual needs will vary and the experts at the BACA Clinic are known to adjust their approach accordingly.

Group therapies and workshops

Therapy and support groups play an important role in the recovery process as complementary resources, which make it possible to break the isolation of the person under treatment.

Nutritional counseling

A nutritionist specializing in eating disorders supports individuals in their efforts to embrace healthier attitudes toward food.
“When I look at the BACA Clinic, I think of the love that I found within its walls, the caring and attentive staff, but especially, I think of the hope that this team instills in all those who want to overcome an eating disorder.”
– Marlène
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– Catherine’s parents

Eating Disorders Clinic

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