Binge eating disorder (BED) is eating larger amounts of food than what is normal. People with BED may not feel like they have control over how they eat.
The cause of BED is unknown. It may be linked to problems with how the brain works. It may be a mix of your genes, way of life, and environment.
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BED is more common in women. Your risk may also be higher for:
The main symptom is eating large amounts of food over a short period of time.
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Binge eating is diagnosed when:
BED is treated with one or more of these:
There is no way to prevent BED since the cause is unknown.
American Psychiatric Association
NEDA—National Eating Disorders Association
Canadian Mental Health Association
National Eating Disorder Information Center
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Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/31/2018