Eating Disorders Assessment

Night-eating syndrome

Does this sound like you? (taken from www.anred.com)

  • Little or no appetite for breakfast. Delays first meal for several hours after waking up. Is not hungry or is upset about how much was eaten the night before.
  • Eats more food after dinner than during that meal.
  • Eats more than half of daily food intake after dinner but before breakfast.
  • May leave the bed to snack at night.
  • This pattern has persisted for at least two months.
  • Person feels tense, anxious, upset, or guilty while eating.
  • Night Eating Syndrome is thought to be stress related and is often accompanied by depression. Especially at night the person may be moody, tense, anxious, nervous, agitated, etc.
  • Has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Wakes frequently and then often eats.
  • Foods ingested are often carbohydrates: sugary and starch.
  • Behavior is not like binge eating which is done in relatively short episodes. Night-eating syndrome involves continual eating throughout evening hours.
  • This eating produces guilt and shame, not enjoyment.

If this sounds like you, we invite you to come and talk to one of our counselors at CSDC.

Night Eating Syndrome from Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. - this site is no longer being maintained

Body's Food Cycle Amiss in Night Eaters from WebMD Health

Reducing stress from About.com