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Binge-Eating Disorder (BED)

What is Binge-Eating Disorder?

Binge-eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge-eating disorder. The disorder impacts people of all races, levels of education, and income — including adults, children, and adolescents.

BED affects three times the number of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined. It is more prevalent than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. Those with BED are more likely to be of higher weight. But anyone at any weight can struggle with the disorder. BED often co-occurs with mood disorders and addictions.

Also called compulsive eating or overeating, or emotional eating or overeating, binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurring episodes of binge-eating, feeling out of control while bingeing, and feeling guilt and shame afterward.

Binge-Eating Disorder Statistics

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Symptoms of Binge-Eating Disorder

  • Frequent episodes of consuming a very large amount of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting.
  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.
  • Feelings of strong shame or guilt regarding the binge-eating.
  • Indications that the binge-eating is out of control, such as eating when not hungry, eating to the point of discomfort, or eating alone because of shame about the behavior.

(source: National Eating Disorder Association NEDA)

Warning Signs of Binge-Eating Disorder

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Musculoskeletal problems

(source: National Eating Disorder Association NEDA)

At Walden, our continuum of care, allows us to treat individuals who might be at various stages of the illness. At each level of care, we address the needs of the whole person. We begin treatment with an in-depth understanding of each patient’s needs and develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the whole person — mind, body and spirit.

Walden’s Binge-Eating Disorder Treatment Services