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Can you be thin and have a binge eating disorder?

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Can you be thin and have a binge eating disorder?
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June 2nd, 2019 5:12pm
it's impossible to tell whether someone has an eating disorder purely from their outside appearance and/or body type. so, YES, yes you CAN be thin and still have a binge eating disorder. binge eating disorder is characterized by eating large quantities of food in a short amount of time, generally as a coping mechanism. eating disorders are mental illnesses, and the binge eating itself is one of the symptoms. if someone has an unhealthy and toxic relationship with food that causes them to follow a binging cycle, then it's entirely possible that they might have binge eating disorder, regardless of how they look.
July 5th, 2016 6:23am
Absolutely - Eating disorders are mental illness, you can be severely underweight or overweight, but that doesn't mean you have an eating disorder. An eating disorder is identified by certain behavioural characteristics and though processes. Regardless of size, you can have a binge eating disorder.
June 25th, 2016 6:53pm
Yes you can be thin and have a binge eating disorder. If you feel like you have an eating disorder please seek help.
July 16th, 2016 7:33pm
Yes. Your weight doesn't define any disorders a person can have. A thin person can have a binge eating disorder, the weight doesn't define what they may be struggling with.
July 15th, 2017 6:34pm
Yes your weight doesn't exactly define any disorder that you have
June 29th, 2016 7:06pm
Yes you can. Often BED range from small binges to catastrophic binges. Genetic makeup also plays a part in it. If you have a increased metabolic rate this helps flush the food of your body quicker. Generally people who suffer from BED are have an average bmi or a "overweight" bmi, but there are always exceptions because very body is different.
July 16th, 2016 8:28am
Yes you can. Eating disorders don't discriminate, it can affect anyone with any kind of body type ..
June 26th, 2016 7:23pm
Yes. It doesn't matter what you look like. Anyone can have an eating disorder no matter what your weight is or who you are.
June 30th, 2016 9:43am
Yes! Eating disorders do not discriminate, and every one is different. There is no certain "look" of someone with an eating disorder.
July 1st, 2016 2:52am
Eating disorders have nothing to do with physical appearance. They can affect anybody, so it is important not to assume what may or may not be happening in someone's life based on how they look.
July 10th, 2016 4:47am
yes. this disorder is called bulimia, it consists of binge eating, or just regular eating, and then puking almost directly after. if it doesn't have any puking involved, then it isn't a disorder, it is an extremely high metabolism that you should get checked.
August 14th, 2016 3:53am
Yes you can be thin and have a eating disorder. It does not matter what you look like.. it is about what your disorder.
June 30th, 2017 5:55am
Of course. There are no size or weight qualifiers for any eating disorder. These diseases do not discriminate.
April 4th, 2018 6:48pm
Yes. Not everyone with an eating disorder is overweight... It mostly has to do with you not feeling good about your body, stress, or other feelings. Anyways, thin or not, you should seek for help as fast as possible
June 21st, 2018 6:43am
Yes, you can definetly be thin and have a binge eating disorder. Some people have a faster metabolism than other people, which can allow them to binge without gaining any additional weight.
November 4th, 2020 3:58pm
An eating disorder is not described by how you look like. Anyone can be struggling with an eating disorder, even if it doesn't "look like" they are. You can be thin AND have a binge eating disorder. You can be overweight and still have Anorexia. Everything is not set, and a disorder can't happen to only one kind of people. An eating disorder affects people all of race, cultures, ethnicity, and lifestyles. If you have symptoms of an eating disorder (excluding your weight), please reach out for help. You matter, and your health and well-being matters. You do not have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder.
June 25th, 2016 10:05pm
Yes. Binge eating is about eating a abnormally large amount of food in one sitting. The fact someone does this does not mean that over the course of a whole day they overeat. They, in fact, may under eat due to the feelings of discomfort the binge inspires.
July 2nd, 2016 1:37am
yes - however it is unhealthy, dangerous even, to try and lose weight that way. There are websites in which you can find more information on the subject, if you suspect a loved one has such disorder - or if you do yourself.
July 2nd, 2016 2:37am
Yes, body types are different. Some will gain weight after one meal, and some will gain barely any, for example. You can binge and still be skinny.
July 2nd, 2016 5:40pm
As already answered by others, yes you can. Eating disorders are a mental illness and a lot of it stems from your way of thinking and eventually can effect your body. In some cases, if binge eating disorder is not treated and managed it can result in weight gain. All eating disorders are serious so if you believe you're struggling with one, please seek help.
July 8th, 2016 7:48pm
Your size is not in relation to an eating disorder. Your change in size can be a result of an eating disorder, but you do not have to be a certain size to be considered for having one. You could be a heavy girl and be bulimic or anorexic. You could also be very thin and have a binge eating disorder. Size doesn't determine if you have an eating disorder, the results of your size can though.
July 10th, 2016 5:23am
Yes you can, one does not become fat purely due to the intake of food. There are many other factors, such as stress, depression, your metabolism and several others that play a role in whether or not you gain or lose weight, regardless of how much you eat.
July 17th, 2016 11:21pm
Absolutely it happens i hear of this happening or i think it happens yes it does happen yes there is this in this planet
July 27th, 2016 1:53pm
Absolutely. Eating disorders affect people at all sizes and you can't tell if someone has binge eating disorder just by looking at them.
July 28th, 2016 1:59am
Yes!! When you have an eating disorder, you can be any weight. You can be anorexic and not be extremely thin, and you have a binge eating disorder and be thin.
July 28th, 2016 11:32pm
Yes of course. Everyone's body is different and every body adjusts differently to eating habits. There are stereotypes saying otherwise, but trust me. Everyone is unique.
July 31st, 2016 5:15pm
Yes, you can be thin and still have a binge eating disorder. Eating disorders come in all sizes ,shapes and colors. Anyone can have an eating disorder.
August 3rd, 2016 12:27am
Yes, weight does not dictate whether you have a binge eating disorder, or any form of eating disorder. It is the actions that you do that dictate if you have one and which one in specific, Also eating disorders aren't something that happens in only thin people or only in heavier people, Any person regardless of weight can have and experience an eating disorder.
August 4th, 2016 5:21am
Yes, eating disorders know no body type. Binge eating disorder comes in many different forms, and you don't have to be thin to have binge eating or any type of eating disorder.
August 4th, 2016 9:58pm
Yes, you can be thin and a have a binge eating disorder, how your body is physically don't change how or what disorders you may have.