What is meant by the term "binge"?

Am J Psychiatry. 1992 Jan;149(1):123-4. doi: 10.1176/ajp.149.1.123.


Systematic examination of the use of the word "binge" by 243 young women revealed discrepancies between the lay and technical uses of the term; the young women placed great emphasis on loss of control and less on the quantity eaten. These discrepancies indicate that the term "binge" should be clearly defined in clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bulimia / classification
  • Bulimia / diagnosis
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Eating*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / classification
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Terminology as Topic*