What happens during a binge? To begin with, you may not even have been hungry when you started to eat. Nonetheless, you'll consume an enormous number of calories by the time you're done. Some people choose sugary, starchy foods or those that are relatively high in fats. Others opt for smooth, milky foods like ice creams and puddings that can be easily vomited. So-called junk foods are usually preferred. One estimate says that an average binge ranges between 1,200 and 11,500 calories per binge; another estimate asserts that food intake can reach 166 calories per minute in a large binge.
Soon after starting the binge, you enter a "bulimic zone" and lose touch with your body and your surroundings. At this point, there's little chance that you'll taste or savor anything other than those initial bites of food. The physical act of eating the food during a binge is often mechanical—chew, swallow, chew, swallow. You will probably ignore the painful sensations you're apt to get when your stomach becomes distended and in distress.
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