GET TO KNOW BED

WHAT IS BINGE EATING DISORDER?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) isn’t just overeating. It’s a recognized medical condition, and one that’s quite common. BED can occur in normal-weight, overweight or obese adults.

 

Characterized by repeated episodes of binging (eating a large amount of food in a short period of time) and a lack of control.  BED may be accompanied by feelings of distress, disgust and guilt as well as eating when not hungry. These episodes occur at least once a week for 3 months and is not associated with any compensatory behaviours.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

In a survey of 2,980 American adults, BINGE EATING DISORDER was the most common eating disorder in adults, more common than anorexia and bulimia combined.**

Adapted from Hudson JI, et al. 2007.

Find out if you could possibly be suffering from BED.  Take the online assessment.

WHAT CAUSES BINGE EATING DISORDER?

While the exact cause is unknown, chemicals in the brain, family history and certain life experiences may play a role.

If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of BED, a healthcare provider may be able to help.

**Hudson JI, et al. Biol Psychiatry 2007;61(3):348-58. 2. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fifth Edition. Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association; 2013. Binge Eating Disorder criteria defined in this study was based on the DSM-IV-TR® and the CIDI. Study criteria for Binge Eating Disorder was similar to that of the DSM-5®, with the following difference: individuals displaying more than 3 months, but less than 6 months, of regular binge eating would be classified as having binge eating disorder.

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