Is it possible to have a binge eating disorder but still be skinny?

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Is it possible to have a binge eating disorder but still be skinny?
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koreaboo
July 12th, 2016 9:40pm
Of course! Binge eating is when you eat excessively, but you can still be skinny depending on numerous factors such as your genetics or having a fast metabolism.
Erin12345
July 6th, 2016 3:10pm
Yes. People are able to have any eating disorder, no matter what their body type is. That's why you can never assume someone has, or doesn't have an eating disorder. If you have an eating disorder, please, go see a doctor, and a therapist for specialized help.
Georgia
August 27th, 2017 12:34pm
This is definitely possible! Eating disorders affect people in different ways. Some people have very fast motabalisms and so even if they have a bing eating disorder, their body remains skinny.
recoveringlistener
February 1st, 2018 5:16pm
Absolutely. You can be anorexic and overweight, binge and be underweight, etc. You can be any weight and have any eating disorder. It sometimes seems that we forget it's a mental illness that can sometimes affect you physically. No matter what, you still deserve help!
AmberMaddenLPCCEDS
June 19th, 2018 3:41pm
It's absolutely possible! Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by behaviors, NOT weight or body size. Binge Eating Disorder is described as eating more in a given period of time to the point of feeling uncomfortable and even sick. Eating "more" can be compared to other individuals or the time/place in which the episode occurred. For example, eating a little more than usual at holidays (such as Christmas) would not be that out of the ordinary, since most people tend to eat more at some holidays. However, eating to the point of feeling ill and sick daily or even just a few times a week, could be indicative of a problem.
Pandette - Expert in Eating Disorders
July 6th, 2016 6:49pm
According to helpguide.org, Binge eating disorder is a common eating disorder characterized by three key features: Frequent episodes of uncontrollable binge eating Feeling extremely distressed or upset during or after bingeing Unlike bulimia, there are no regular attempts to “make up” for the binges through vomiting, fasting, or over-exercising Now, with that being said, I have known people who have had binge-eating disorders with incredibly fast metabolisms, which kept them "skinny", but others who would gain weight as well. If you believe you may have a binge-eating disorder, I highly recommend speaking to someone and the 7cups family will always be here to listen!
bravesmiles101
July 24th, 2016 11:33am
A lot of times, no. One of my friends had B.E.D but was thin, The reason being it wasn't B.E.D anymore, She was exercising constantly, and that made it into a form of bulimia.
AJupiter
February 7th, 2018 7:45am
it is! yeah, when no matter what you eat you are still not getting fat, it's just the fact that you have a fast metabolism and it keeps you skinny. your organism deals with food extremely well
silverlemonade
July 7th, 2016 2:06pm
Yes, it is possible. By definition, binge eating means "compulsion of overeating within a period of time". By that, a person could have binge eating for this week and not eating over the new few weeks. Furthermore, we can't rule out genetic factor affecting one's physical weight.
BrandiListens
July 10th, 2016 6:40am
Absolutely! Binge eating can happen to anyone of any size. Binging is when someone cannot stop themselves from consuming massive and harmful amounts of food at once. It is also possible to be a binge eater and anorexic. The two are not mutually exclusive.
NumberEleven
July 14th, 2016 4:28pm
Yes, people have different metabolic rates, some people burn off more calories without doing anything.
ColoredPerspective
July 14th, 2016 6:45pm
Exactly! Binge eating doesn't affect a race, culture, sexual preference, gender, or size. It can affect anyone and everyone just like cancer because it is not biased.
Anonymous
July 16th, 2016 3:36am
Yes- binge eating disorder does not have a weight criterion like you may find with other disorders. You can be any weight and struggle with binge eating.
Anonymous
July 20th, 2016 10:05am
Yes, it most definitely is. An eating disorder is all about how you see yourself. You could be a stick figure, model thin girl and still see yourself as overweight and turn to bingeing or anorexia.
verboseIcarus42
July 21st, 2016 1:03am
Definitely. Some people with extremely fast metabolisms binge eat and remain thin because their body simply works that way.
Brittneym101
July 24th, 2016 10:10pm
Yes, anyone can have any type of eating disorder you don't have to be a certain size, race and/or age. We all can get them.
kyralistens
July 24th, 2016 11:59pm
Of course it is possible. Eating disorders do not have a certain size. Eating disorders are defined by a way of thinking and eating habits. Your size does not invalidate your disorder.
SofiaAddilynn
July 28th, 2016 3:18am
It is possible to have binge eating disorder and still be skinny. You could have a very great metabolism, be very active, or not have had the disorder for long.
glisteningEyes
August 3rd, 2016 10:26pm
Yes, I am living proof of this! It depends all on what metabolism you have or even if you work out after binge eating.
Anonymous
August 4th, 2016 10:40am
Yes, it is very possible, since you will likely try to get rid of the food or exercise a lot to get it all out.
LokadiaElaine
August 10th, 2016 11:20pm
yes, weight has nothing to do with anything. your behaviours are often what fit a diagnosis criteria for certain types of disorders. Definitely talk to a professional though, and see if this applies to you. i obviously don't know your habits or behaviours but i do know that it is possible to have a binge eating disorder and still be skinny because every BODY is different
Anonymous
August 17th, 2016 10:31pm
It is very possible. I have multiple eating disorders and I have the same issue. it can do sometimes with metabolism.
dreamsofhope
August 19th, 2016 1:49pm
Yes. Absolutely. Eating disorders are not only about how much someone weighs. Of course, Anorexia for example is only diagnosed within underweight people but other eating disorders such as Bulimia, BED or EDNOS do not always stand in relation to the person's weight or physical appearance.
GeorgieCunningham
September 2nd, 2016 3:14am
Absolutely. Its a common misconception that everyone with an eating disorder has the same body type. Bulimics can be heavier-built and binge-eaters can be very skinny. It's not about your body type but about your relationship with food. If you suspect you or someone you know has a binge-eating disorder it;s important to get help, even if they don't 'look' sick.
celerystacey
September 4th, 2016 9:24pm
I'm sure a fast metabolism would make this possible, but you must remember everyone is different in these circumstances
Anonymous
September 7th, 2016 1:54am
I wouldn't think it would be common but if you mean binges every so often in combination with another eating disorder then maybe.
patientJoy11
September 11th, 2016 1:33am
I believe that it is possible. Instead of binging on that tub of cookie dough ice cream, binge on some celery sticks or carrots.
Mulin
September 15th, 2016 9:06pm
Absolutely. Binge eating disorder may manifest itself differently in every sufferer. It is possible that some binge eaters will restrict their diets on other days. This may mean that, overall, this person takes in a normal/lower than normal calorific intake leading to undernourishment and low weight/weight loss.
TajwarhQ
September 16th, 2016 10:04pm
Of course. There doesn't have to be an immediate connection between an eating disorder and weight. Physical appearance isn't always determined by food habits. There's a huge assumption that skinny = ED and that's really not the case. In actual fact, an eating disorder can have a variety of different effects on people's physical appearance. In this case, an ED where the affected binges usually creates the image of someone overweight, but this isn't always the case. Bingers could not eat for weeks on end, then binge, which is potentially extremely damaging and would likely cause weight loss, not weight gain. It's not black and white.
BeyondEmpathy
September 28th, 2016 12:05pm
Yes this is still possible, however its important that an eating disorder isnt always related to not being skinny. Maybe reading 7 cups self help guide or talking to a listner could be of help?