Binge Eating Disorder

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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterized by frequent episodes of overeating large quantities of food and feeling unable to control eating behavior. Individuals with this condition often consume food quickly to the point of discomfort and will typically experience shame, distress or guilt after a binge. BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States and affects 3.5 percent of women and two percent of men. While BED is a serious and life threatening eating disorder, it is also treatable. Treatment for BED can include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and medication. Decisions about treatment for BED should be made with a medical professional and eating disorder specialist.

Information provided in part by our partner NEDA.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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