Binge eating disorder (BED) is eating larger amounts of food than what is normal. People with BED may not feel like they have control over how they eat.
The cause of BED is unknown. It may be linked to problems with how the brain works. It may be a mix of your genes, way of life, and environment.
BED is more common in women. Your risk may also be higher for:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Binge eating is diagnosed when:
- At least one binge eating episode a week for 3 months
- Eating is more than what most people would in less than 2 hours
- There's a lack of control over eating behavior
- Binge eating causes major distress
3 or more episodes of:
- Eating faster than normal
- Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
- Eating large amounts when you aren't hungry
- Eating alone due to feeling shame
- Feeling unhappy or guilty after eating
BED is treated with one or more of these:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy —You will learn how to keep track of how you eat. Then, you can change your bad habits into healthy ones. This may also involve learning how to control situations as they come up. You will start to feel better about your body shape and weight.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy—A counselor will help you look the people in your life. From there, you can make changes that will help you rather than hurt you.
- Physical therapy—To help ease feelings of depression. This may involve yoga or aerobics.
- Medicines—Some antidepressants may be helpful for some people.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 08/31/2018 -