Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food (often very quickly). These episodes are accompanied with feelings of no control during the binge, as well as shame or guilt afterwards.
Binge eating disorder does not include regular episodes of unhealthy compensatory activities (e.g., purging) to counter binge eating. This is one of the differentiators between binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States. Studies estimate that 2.8 million people in the United States suffer from BED. It does not discriminate by gender, age, ethnicity, etc.
The harmful eating habits of BED can have severe health consequences if left untreated. Professional treatment is available to help you or someone you love overcome binge eating disorder and achieve long-term wellness.
Binge eating disorder is one of the newest eating disorders formally recognized in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition). Before 2013, BED was listed as a subtype of EDNOS (now referred to as OSFED, or “Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders”).
An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
Similar to other eating disorders, warning signs of binge eating disorder can be physical, emotional, and behavioral. Here are some signs to look out for:
Emotional or Behavioral
Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder
The primary implication of having Binge Eating Disorder is the ongoing maladaptive pattern of eating. As a result of this, the most common health-related side effects are weight gain and obesity.
Other health consequences of binge eating disorder include:
If you or someone you love is experiencing disordered eating habits, effective help is available. High Focus Centers provides a disordered eating treatment track to address these issues alongside other mental health symptoms. If you need more structured eating disorder treatment, reach out to Seeds of Hope, a Pyramid Healthcare program located in Pennsylvania.
To learn more about treatment options, or to simply have a friendly, non-judgmental conversation, contact High Focus Centers today.