Can you eat yourself to death in one occasion of very excessive eating? We know that our eating problem is bad, albeit gradual: No one's ever died from eating three Big Macs, but plenty of people may have died from eating three Big Macs twice a week for thirty years (some, miraculously, have managed to avoid that fate). But what about the bingers? The people who, during Thanksgiving, or after receiving a bit of horrific personal news, find themselves eating way more than they're used to? You don't need to be an addict to overdose on drugs; might the same apply to food?