PART 1** PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS
Some of these questions will ask about any binges that you might have had during the past four weeks (28 days). A binge has two parts: 1) eating a really big amount of food given the situation and 2) feeling out of control.
What is a ―really big amount of food?
A really big amount of food is much more than most people would eat in the same situation. Some examples might be: 1) eating two full meals (such as two plates of salad/first course, two main dishes, two desserts, etc.); 2) eating three main courses (such as 3 plates of pasta); or 3) eating a really big amount of one food (such as 4 brownies) or a few different kids of foods (such as a big bowl of ice cream, 8 cookies, a donut, and a handful of candy). Below are some pictures of a really big amount of food to help you.
What is ―feeling out of control?
Feeling out of control while eating might mean different things for different people. It may mean that you’re: 1) feeling DRIVEN to eat; 2) feeling like you JUST can not stop eating; 3) feeling like you’re not able to stop yourself from starting to eat in the first place; or 4) feeling like you shouldn’t even try to control your eating because you know that, no matter what, you’re going to eat too much. Some kids describe feeling out of control like a ball rolling down a hill, that it just keeps going and going.
Examples of a binge:
1. REALLY BIG AND OUT OF CONTROL. After school one evening, Jenny ate 2 pieces of
chicken, a large package of frozen vegetables, 3 cups of rice, 1/2 of a coffee cake and a
piece of fruit. This is a really big amount of food. While she ate, Jenny felt like she JUST
could not stop eating, ate more quickly than usual, and ate until she felt really, really full.
Afterwards Jenny was very upset about how much she’d eaten, and said she felt sad,
guilty, and mad at herself.
Examples that are not binges either because they are too small or the person does not feel out of control while eating:
1. REALLY BIG BUT NOT OUT OF CONTROL. A few times a week, Katie ate lunch at
McDonald’s with 2 friends. Her usual order was a Big Mac, a fish fillet sandwich, 2 large
orders of fries, and a large chocolate shake. This is a really big amount of food. Although
she ate more than her friends did and knew she was eating a lot of high-fat food, she
didn’t feel like she JUST could not stop eating, and she did not feel upset afterwards
about how much she’d eaten.
2. OUT OF CONTROL BUT NOT REALLY BIG. For lunch one day, Joey had a ham and
cheese sandwich with mayonnaise on a roll, a small bag of potato chips, a candy bar,
and a Diet Coke. Joey felt out of control because he’d planned to have turkey on whole
wheat with lettuce and tomato plus a piece of fruit for dessert, but couldn’t stop himself
from changing his order. Although this was a big meal, it was not really big, so we
wouldn’t consider it a binge.
3. OUT OF CONTROL BUT NOT REALLY BIG. Lizzie ate 2 donuts someone brought to
homeroom one morning. She had started a diet that day and planned to skip breakfast.
At first, Lizzie said no to the donuts, but after everyone else had gone to their other
classes she snuck back into homeroom and very quickly ate the donuts so no one would
see her eating. She felt very guilty and embarrassed after and hated feeling so out of
control of her eating, promising to start dieting again the next day. Although Lizzie felt
bad about eating the donuts, this was not a really big amount of food, so it would not be
considered a binge.