Binge eating disorder is when a person experiences frequent episodes of out of control eating. Binge eaters do not purge their bodies of excess calories (DeAngelis, T. n.d.). They have distorted attitudes about eating, shape and weight, as well as mood symptoms such as depression and personality disorders. The disorder affects around 2 % of the general population and 8 % of people who are obese (DeAngelis, 2002). Binge eating disorder is defined by a loss of control when it comes to eating. The binge eater consumes large amounts of unhealthy food in a short time frame, but does not engage in any bad weight lose behaviors after the binge episodes. Binge eating disorder usually strikes individuals between adolescence and their early twenties. Most binge eating disorder patients are overweight or obese. (Binge-eating disorder, 2013). There are many contributing factors to eating disorder: personal characteristics, mental disorders, culture, family, stressful events or life changes, biology and self-esteem issues. Some personal characteristic people with eating disorders suffer from are a feeling of helplessness, worthlessness, poor self-image and may also suffer from depression or anxiety. Teens who develop eating disorders feel shame, disgust and anger about their body. The disorder is developed as a strategy that young people use to cope with problems that are too painful to talk about. They use their bodies as a way to play out issues they face, usually issues of control, sexuality, separation and self-esteem. (Empowering women to live healthier lives, 2010).