Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

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It can be hard to know if you or a loved one have binge eating disorder (BED), let alone if you or a loved one need treatment. This condition involves recurrent episodes of binge eating also known as compulsive overeating. Clinicians characterize these episodes by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors. BED is three times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined. It’s also more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition, binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
  • Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Eating alone, due to embarrassment about quantity of food being consumed
The following criteria are also associated with BED:
  • Apparent, marked distress regarding binge eating
  • Binge eating occurring at least once a week for three months
  • Binge eating isn’t associated with recurrent use of inappropriate, compensatory behavior, nor does it occur with anorexia or bulimia

Signs and Symptoms of BED:

Individuals with BED will often feel embarrassed or ashamed of their eating habits and symptoms can sometimes be hard to notice. The main symptoms of BED include:

Health Consequences of BED

BED can lead to dire health consequences if left untreated, including:

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