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Binge Eating Disorder

About Binge Eating Disorder

  • The prevalence of binge eating disorder is approximately 2.4% of the general adult (18 or older) population
  • Binge eating disorder is slightly more common in women than in men
  • People who binge eat can be normal weight, over weight, or heavier than average weight
  • People with binge eating disorder often display symptoms of depression and express distress, shame and guilt about their eating behaviors

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by consuming a large amout of food in a discrete period of time and a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode)
  • Eating more rapidly than normal, eating until uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry, eating alone (due to shame about how much one is eating), feeling disgusted, depressed or guilty after eating

Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Gallbladder disease

Description adapted from the National Eating Disorders Association and the DSM – 5.