Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. While both types of eating can certainly cause increased stress and may require additional help or support, people who engage in frequent binge eating can struggle with decreased mood, low self-worth and their pattern of eating may affect relationships or productivity at work or school.

Binge eating disorder will impact an estimated 2.8% of American adults, more than double the cases of anorexia and bulimia combined. It can lead to a variety of emotional (anxiety, depression, social isolation) and medical (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease) complications.

Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services at Walden Behavioral Care explains the key differences between an overeating episode and a binge eating episode.

If you or someone you love are experiencing any of the symptoms described in this video, help is available.