What is Binge Eating Disorder?

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a mental health condition characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, often rapidly and to the point of discomfort or distress, accompanied by a feeling of lack of control over eating during the episode. Binge eating episodes are typically accompanied by feelings of shame, guilt, and distress, and can lead to weight gain and associated health problems.

BED is recognized as a distinct eating disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In order to meet the diagnostic criteria for BED, an individual must have recurrent episodes of binge eating at least once a week for three months or more, and experience a sense of loss of control during these episodes.

BED can affect individuals of any age, gender, or ethnicity, and is associated with a range of physical and psychological health problems, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Treatment for BED typically involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes to help manage binge eating episodes and improve overall health and well-being.

Shervan K Shahhian

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