Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating in the absence of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (i.e., self-induced vomiting, extreme exercise, laxative or diuretic misuse). Overconcern about shape and weight is not a required criterion for BED as is the case in other eating disorders; however, marked distress regarding binge eating must be present. In contrast to bulimia nervosa, individuals with BED have less clearly delineated episodes of binge eating and typically report low levels of restrictive eating between binge episodes. For these individuals, binge eating is usually a long-standing, chronic problem, and the frequency of binge eating is directly related to situational factors and stressors. BED has a typical onset during adolescence or young adulthood. The mean lifetime prevalence for BED is 1.6% ...

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