Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) was not always recognized as a stand-alone eating disorder, but it became formally diagnosable in 2013 with the release of the updated Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V), and IT IS THE MOST COMMON EATING DISORDER IN THE UNITED STATES.  It is estimated that it affects 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and up to 1.6% of adolescents.  BED differs from bulimia nervosa in that sufferers of BED do not typically use compensatory restricting or purging (e.g., laxatives, over-exercise, of self-induced vomiting) behaviors.  BED is not just overeating past the point of feeling full.  It is characterized by feeling a complete lack of control over one’s eating and eating in a very short period of time an excessive amount of food.  It is dangerous and severe, and untreated, it can be life-threatening.  BED can affect anyone.  Prevalence surveys in the United States found that there was no difference in the rate of BED based on race, marital status, or employment status.  However, those who suffer from BED often struggle with other mental health problems.  Not everyone with BED is overweight, but BED does predispose to obesity.  There are many effective treatments for BED, including dialectical behavioral therapy and medication.  A combined, team approach is often used, involving nutritionists, psychologists or mental health counselors, and group therapy.

People with binge eating disorder may feel alone, misunderstood, and afraid.  Take it from someone who knows.  Fortunately, there is help.

Here is a link to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website for binge eating disorder.  On this site, you will find all sorts of resources for all sorts of eating issues.  If you need more information about BED or any other eating disorder or eating issue, you can find it through various links on the site.  There are also listings of treatment centers, a phone helpline, and a free and confidential online screening tool if you think you might have BED or any other eating issue.



For more eating disorder and mental health resources, visit my FAVORITES page. For additional information about BED, you can visit…

NEDA's Binge Eating Disorder Info Card. Downloaded from on 26 Jul 15.
NEDA’s Binge Eating Disorder Info Card. Downloaded from on 26 Jul 15.


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3.  Swanson SA, Crow SJ, Le Grange D, Swendsen J, Merikangas KR. Prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in adolescents. Results from the national comorbidity survey replication adolescent supplement. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2011; 68(7): 714–723.


11 thoughts on “Binge Eating Disorder

  1. This is a very eye-opening read and something I’ve struggled with in the past. It’s hard to talk about because of the stigma involved, so thank you for bringing it to light! I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future 🙂


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    1. Hi Kasey! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you found my blog and that it was helpful for you. I think there’s so much strength that comes from simply not feeling alone. It took me years of suffering “crying out” in various ways before I learned that there was a *reason* behind these incomprehensible things that I did. Wherever your personal journey takes you, know that you are never alone. 🙂

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