Not yet an official disorder, binge-eating disorder is listed in the DSM-IV-TR as a potential new disorder requiring further study.
In this disorder, people experience marked distress due to binge-eating, but do not compensate by purging or exercise. Due to the lack of compensation for the binge-eating, people with this disorder become obese.
Not all obese people suffer from binge-eating disorder. However, there is a high prevalence of people who would meet the criteria for binge-eating disorder in organized weight-control programs, such as Overeaters Anonymous.
It appears that many people who binge-eat do so to alleviate negative feelings, so binge-eating is most likely to occur when such people are anxious, depressed, angry, or under stress. (Think negative reinforcement.)
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