Compulsive eating, also known as binge eating, is the act of overeating without purging. Weight gain is the most predominant symptom of this eating disorder because the person affected does not purge after consumption. Compulsive eating is defined as having little control over the amount of food or frequency of how often you eat. Meal sizes are often abnormally larger than average meal proportion and feelings of guilt usually follow episodes.
Classified as a group of serious conditions where your main thought process centers on food and weight, the three most common eating disorders are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, and binge eating disorder.
Seeing how all three can cause serious health problems, treatment options are vast and generally involve psychotherapy, counseling, medication and hospitalization.
Although all three disorders share similar signs/symptoms, they are not all exactly the same. They are as follows: