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Binge Eating Disorder

An Overview of Symptoms & Treatments of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms and Treatment

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Binge eating disorder is twice as common among women than men and is characterized by episodes of binge eating — eating an amount of food that is larger than what most people would eat and a sense of lacking any control over eating during the episode. People who engage in binge eating are uncomfortable and distressed by their behavior. For most people who binge eat, they do so at least once a week and usually tend to try and hide their behavior from others.

Binge eating disorder is one of three primary types of eating disorders. The other two are anorexia and bulimia.

Treatment of binge eating disorder nearly always involves some type of psychotherapy, as well as medication. Some medications have been found to be especially helpful with certain eating disorders. If you believe you may be suffering from an eating disorder or know someone who is, please get help. Once properly diagnosed by a mental health professional, such disorders are readily treatable and often cured within a few months’ time.

A person with an eating disorder should not be blamed for having it! The disorders are caused by a complex interaction of social, biological, and psychological factors which bring about the harmful behaviors. The important thing is to stop as soon as you recognize these behaviors in yourself, or to get help to begin the road to recovery.

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John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder, Editor-in-Chief & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2018). Binge Eating Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2018, from


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Last updated: 4 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Feb 2018
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