Although many binge eaters feel they are addicted to sugar, they actually consume more fat than carbohydrates in a binge. For example, premium ice cream contains 57 percent of daily values of fat and only 36 percent carbohydrates per serving. Most "sweet" foods contain as much, if not more, fat than sugar. Studies have found that when sugar and fat content in foods are modified without an individual's knowledge, binge eaters eat more of the high-fat-content foods.
Generally speaking, when you eat foods that you perceive as being "forbidden," you are more likely to feel that you have binged, no matter how much you have eaten. Four hundred calories of candy may seem more like a binge to you than the same number of calories of chicken, potatoes, or cottage cheese. However, binge experiences are very personal and individual, as we saw with the case of Rose. We are only beginning to learn about the nature of binges and the thoughts and feelings associated with them.