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A friend of mine has young teen daughter with mental health problem with recent concern that daughter may be bimaging. 

She is is finding tons of junk food wrappers sort of hidden in her room. Daughter is eating these things alone.  How do you differentiate between disordered and binging. Also, concerned she may be purging. Any tell tale signs to look for

I hope things go well for your friend's d and that she gets the care and attention she needs soon.
It would be prudent for your friend to discuss with her doctor what she has found and suspects as soon as possible.  
For purging, many kids run right after eating to the toilet. Also if doing it for a long time and using their fingers, on the top of the fingers that they use, there may be evidence of scrapes. IF going on for a long time, teeth erosion can be seen. Also look in the toilet under the rim. I was told it looks like confetti. Look in her room too for anything that could contain the evidence, like back packs, boxes, hoodies, drawers, water bottles, thermos, flower pots/vases, out the window, in the garden, in any buckets...
Here is a link for binge eating disorder: 

I think if she suspects, then she needs to get  a proper assessment for her d.The sooner the better.
All the best,


When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
Giving food 6 times a day every 3 hours or so would lessen the urge to binge. Also make sure there is plenty of protein and fat in all the meals and snacks so that the brain gets the 'full' signal. I give my girls full fat cheese, yogurts, avo, nuts, meat with fat on, chicken with skin, tuna in oil etc.
D became obsessed with exercise at age 9 and started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. View my recipes on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLW6A6sDO3ZDq8npNm8_ww
Young teen ... how young?  
MentL health issues ...abrupt onset?  If yes, what are main symptoms?

Asking because pans/pandas flare can include binge, although more commonly restriction is seen. 
Mom of either pre-diagnosis or non-ed underweight 12 yoa (as of March 2018) kid here to learn how to achieve weight gain.  BMI steadily in the mid 12's for nearly her entire life.  Born 2006. UPDATE:  April 2018 diagnosed ARFID, based solely on weight being less than 75% of Ideal Body Weight.  Mildly picky, but mostly the problem is a volume/early satiety issue, along with abdominal discomfort and chronic constipation, all present since birth.  UPDATE:  July 2019 diagnosed with PANS. Dr. said likely started first PANS episode at less than 1 or 2 years of age.  On long-term daily prophylactic antibiotics. BMI now about 16 after period of intense refeeding prior to PANS dx,  followed by stagnation as we sort out what is next. FWIW ED-D is a fraternal twin and we have no other kids.