There is overeating and then there is binging. Overeating is something *everyone* experiences from time to time, it's normal. Binge eating is psychological/biological disorder. It is an eating disorder.
Overeating is eating much higher than my projected TDEE either accidentally or consciously. Like at a birthday party, Christmas time, going for seconds when I probably shouldn't or by not knowing the amount of calories in the food I eat that day and discovering later it was much higher than I anticipated.
I've only experienced binge eating once in my life and it was recently when I reached maintenance. It was brought on suddenly which I believe was due to my hormones being unbalanced from all the weight loss. I would have a binge anywhere from 1-4x a week. I found binging felt very different than just plain overeating. Binging is when I have no control over what I'm putting in my mouth. I just keep eating even though I'm full. It's more psychological and there are many emotions involved; boredom, anxiety, anger and then it would continue as a means of punishing myself for binging in the first place. I feel a sense of loss of control, I inhale the food rapidly and can't stop until I've eaten myself sick.
Many times binging is accompanied by purging and I experienced this as well. The next morning I'd wake racked with extreme guilt/fear and purge by eating much less and doing cardio 2x a day to make up for it. All this did was make me more hungry which exasperated the issue into a vicious cycle. I had to finally force myself to step off the scale, stop tracking and just eat like a normal human being.
Luckily for me, after a few months of eating enough, the binge eating disappeared so I believe mine must have stemmed from biological factors from being on a prolonged calorie deficit/weight loss since eating more alleviated the condition. I did experience the psychological contributions behind binge eating as well.
A couple of months ago, I would have considered "overindulging" like an extra slice of cake and 2-3 cookies or just eating a ton of calories over the course of a day to be a binge like many of you. I assure you, overeating and binging are very different.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/24/2013 (08:00)
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