Eating disorders are grouped into three categories:
Bingeing is the rapid consumption of a much larger amount of food than most people would eat in a similar time under similar circumstances. Binges are accompanied by a feeling of loss of control. Purging is self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives or enemas.
Eating disorders are more common among women, especially younger women, than among men.
Last full review/revision June 2008 by Albert J. Stunkard, MD