Teenage girls who feel depressed are twice as likely to start binge eating as other girls. And girls who engage in regular binge eating have twice the normal risk of symptoms of depression. Binge eating entails eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time, combined with a lack of control over eating during the episode. Binge eating often happens in secrecy.
According to the researchers, the evidence suggests that young women with signs of either depression or binge eating should be screened for both disorders. The study was recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.