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.
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.
**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.