A. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of following.
- eating, in a discrete period of time, an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most individuals would eat in similar period of time under similar circumstances
- a sense of lack of control over eating during episode
B. the binge eating episodes are associated with 3 or more of following
- eating much more rapidly than normal
- eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
- eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or very guilty afterward
C. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present
D. the binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months
E. the binge eating is not associated with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.