Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

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

147 Answers
Last Updated: 12/02/2021 at 6:55pm
Is it possible to have a binge eating disorder but still be skinny?
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Melissa Strauss, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am client focused and believe everyone has a strength. I feel confident in seeing clients with generalized and social anxiety, depression and relational goals.

Top Rated Answers
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?
HummingWisdom179
October 1st, 2016 5:51am
It is possible, indeed! It's probably not very common, but your metabolism and your physical activities play a substantial role in your weight as well.
Dorin4You
October 9th, 2016 2:43am
From my personal experience being in the profession a binge eating disorder is covering up from something even deeper. You might still be skinny (I do not see that much), but your mental state and internal state of your body is not in a healthy state.
Anonymous
October 19th, 2016 11:10pm
I think it's probably possible to stay in shape if you eat well most of the time and exercise often.
orgesdhima13
October 23rd, 2016 2:52pm
I dont have the skills to answer this question but I will tell my own experience .I wieght 70 kilos and I eat like a pig every single day!
cohenhades
October 28th, 2016 5:14pm
it depends on the person's metabolism. There are people who binge-eat a lot but don't get fat. So it is possible if you have a fast metabolism
Anonymous
October 29th, 2016 12:14pm
Weather you are thick or thin has a whole multitude of variables and factors. I often felt relief when I use to purge then vomit, but I now understand that my weight had little change as a result, it's about keeping your body healthy and nourished, not simply thick or thin.
fancyGrace43
November 3rd, 2016 5:54am
No. If you have unhealthy relationship with food like binge eating and vomiting after, you will be left with many health issues.
freefromworries
November 12th, 2016 2:57pm
The thing with eating disorders is that they have nothing to do with weight. Eating disorders are a mental illness, and weight change is just a symptom. So the short answer is yes, you can have binge eating disorder and be skinny. Your physical appearance does not have much to do with an eating disorder, it is the thoughts that drive it. If you're worried about having an eating disorder, please see a doctor as it is so important that you're safe.
Anonymous
January 1st, 2017 11:51am
Yes, this is possible. Everybody is made differently, and this includes metabolism. Some peopls have slow metabolism, and some people have fast metabolism. For those who have very fast metabolism, they can eat as much as they can and still be skinny. Plus you can have a binge eating disorder and exercise excessively.
softNutella25
January 29th, 2017 10:01pm
Binge eating related to bulimia is a disorder characterized by binging and then vomiting (purging). In that sense, it is possible. However, If you feel that you binge for reasons other than an eating disorder, it's best to discuss the possibilities as to why you feel the way that you do.
Anonymous
February 16th, 2017 7:24am
I think it is. If you started off at a very low weight, it may take a while before it shows on you, or you could have a medical condition that means it's not visible. You can never tell for sure why eating disorder someone has just by their weight!
paigesmith
February 25th, 2017 8:52pm
Eating a lot doesn't necessarily mean you will gain weight. This could be due to genetics, or it could be due to what you are eating and how much exercise you are getting. Some people simply have a faster rate at which they break down food and metabolise it, which means they burn calories more quickly.
TakeGoodCareEmma
March 12th, 2017 7:28pm
Yes it is. An eating disorder is not based on your weight. If you have a bad relationship with food - you have an eating disorder. There are more eating disorders than anorexia and bulimia and you should always take your disease seriously
Laraland
March 23rd, 2017 6:45am
Yes it is! Binge eating disorder says something about your eating habits, not your weight. Also, if your binges alternate with fasts or normal eating habits, you could stay skinny for a long time and still have binge eating disorder.
Teddy522
April 6th, 2017 1:27pm
Yes, anyone can develop an eating disorder regardless or weight and appearance. As the disorder progresses, it`s possible that your weight will fluctuate due to your metabolism.
Helpfulsmiles16
April 26th, 2017 8:11pm
Yes. Having a binge eating disorder yet remaining skinny can happen to some people. This has to do with a persons high metabolism and body tolerance to the food said person is consuming. This is on the rarer side of the spectrum though, and if you are dealing with ano eating disorder of any kind, you should contact someone immediately, to receive the help you deserve! :)
EdgarAllan
May 21st, 2017 7:04am
Yes. Binge eating can be a symptom of Bulimia Nervosa, and Anorexia Nervosa, purging type, These unfortunate people will binge eat and then do compensatory activities, such as vomiting, laxative misuse, or excessive exercise to "undo" their food consumption. It is good to bear in mind, however, that most with bulimia are not underweight.
ChubbyFoolsGardenOfStars1
July 6th, 2017 3:09pm
Of course it is. Having an eating disorder doesn't implies that you are fat. There are eating disorders as anorexia or bulimia that can't be described as someone being obese or fat.
joyfulBubbles81
July 7th, 2017 6:22pm
Of course it is. What we eat don't always determine how our body's look. Some people can eat 5 burgers and still be skinny like a stick. However your binge eating disorder could be because of stress of factors such as :work, school etc.
sugarrpirate
July 20th, 2017 8:41am
This is completely possible. Everybody is different and unfortunately there are many ideas of what eating disorders should look like, but this isn't always the truth. It's the same as somebody having anorexia but not being underweight.
SweetEmpathy
August 11th, 2017 8:39am
Yes, it's possible. But it s not healthy and not good for your life. Binging is not sane and it's not the good way to be skinny.
Anonymous
August 13th, 2017 8:50pm
This is possible. But with being some people this disorder can cause damage to your body and mental health. If you are binge eating I suggest getting help right away.
NancySV1
November 9th, 2017 7:21pm
Yes it is, its possible to have a binge eating disorder and be "skinny" or "fat" binge eating disorders are different for a lot of peopole
Anonymous
November 11th, 2017 4:37pm
Eating disorders don't depend on weight and body image. Being skinny doesn't mean being anorexic just as much as being skinny doesn't mean you don't have a binge eating disorder. You can have a binge eating disorder and still be skinny due to your metabolism or due to restricting when not binging or due to purging or sports or whatever but if binging is bothering you and taking too much place in your life, whether you are skinny or not, you need to get some help so as to handle it better and stop being bothering by it. Weight and body image don't define eating disorders.
Anonymous
November 12th, 2017 7:31am
It is possible to have BED (Binge Eating Disorder) especially if it's in the early stages or you have a fast metabolism. If you are worried make sure to seek guidance from a counselor or dietitian