Binge eating disorder (BED) is a condition in which individuals repeatedly consume large amounts of food as a result of compulsion, not hunger. This also involves eating faster than usual and eating until uncomfortably full. BED often coincides with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, and binge eating episodes result in the individual feeling shame, guilt, and disgust over his or her lack of control over eating. According to the National Institute on Biotechnology, BED will affect roughly 3% of US adults at some point in their lives and is recognized as the most common eating disorder.

BED will affect roughly 3% of US adults at some point in their lives and is recognized as the most common eating disorder. – The NCBI

Binge Eating Disorder: What You Need to Know

Key facts about binge eating disorder include:

  • BED occurs when an individual partakes in binge eating episodes at least once a week for three months or more.
  • Binge eating is different from overeating in several ways, but one of the main differences is that those who suffer from BED experience compulsion or lack of control during an episode.
  • BED is strongly associated with high sensitivity to stress, poor self-perception, chronic medical conditions, impaired sociability, and psychiatric conditions.
  • BED affects women slightly more than men, and it often emerges during young adulthood.
  • Binge eating is a component of another eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, which involves purging behavior to compensate for the large quantities of food an individual consumes during an episode. However, when suffering from BED, an individual does not necessarily participate in any purging behaviors. Subsequent weight gain can lead to obesity and medical complications. 
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