Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is one of the lesser understood eating disorders, but it is actually the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting 3.5% of women and 2% of men. Binge Eating Disorder is different from a simple tendency to overeat because it goes further, often involving feelings of shame or guilt, a loss of control when eating, or a fear of eating in public.
BED is treatable with the help of a registered dietitian and/or therapist. Your dietitian will help with education about the disorder, nutrition counseling, and understanding the emotional connection you might have with food. A therapist can help provide further support and help you explore and work more deeply on the emotional issues you are experiencing.
Binge Eating Disorder is also the most recently officially recognized eating disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. As of May 2013, it is now acknowledged as a diagnosable eating disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), a volume of work that defines, classifies, and establishes methods of treatment for all recognized psychiatric diagnoses.
1.Regular binge eating “episodes” defined by:
2. Three or more of the following:
3. Distress due to binge eating
4. Frequency: bingeing episodes at least once per week over 3 months
5. Absence of typical co-occurring unhealthy behaviors (such as purging)
Binge Eating Disorder can be diagnosed at every weight. It might be short-lived, or it can persist over the course of years if left untreated. There are a number of possible physical and psychological health consequences that can result from living with an eating disorder, so if you believe you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
People who are living with BED tend to be good at hiding their disorder, since bingeing is often done in secret. Some signs to look out for if you suspect a loved one is struggling are:
We can help if you or someone you love is struggling with BED. Reach out to book an appointment or read more about our eating disorder services.