Although the holiday season is filled with opportunities for overindulgence in food and drinks, most individuals do not experience long-lasting, serious health consequences as a result. However, binge-eating disorder is a significant clinical condition that can affect daily life for millions of people. One US study found that the overall lifetime incidence of binge-eating disorder may be as high as 3.5% among adult women (> 18 years) and 2% among men.
The condition is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, which is defined as consuming an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people eat in a similar period under similar circumstances. This is accompanied by a lack of control over eating during the episode and marked distress associated with the binge-eating episodes. The episodes occur, on average, at least once a week for at least 3 months; are not associated with recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior, as in bulimia nervosa; and do not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
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