Binge Eating Disorder ( Bed )

1245 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder that is characterized by recurrent binge eating, without the use of compensatory behaviors such as purging, as seen in those with bulimia (Striegel-Moore & Franko, 2003). Anyone can over eat from time to time, it is excessive and out of control overeating that crosses the line towards BED. Those who binge eat are known to have a variety of health problems, both mentally and physically. The chronic, recurrent bingeing associated with BED has been shown to lead to obesity and have a high comorbidity with other psychiatric comorbidities, such as anxiety, depression, and many personality disorders. Therefore, it can affect someone just as much as anorexia or bulimia can. Given its relatively new introduction into the mental health field as its own separate entity, there is limited research on it. Current research is focusing more on the epidemiology of this disorder in order to develop more effective treatments for it. BED emerged as its own separate entity not too long ago. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders had always classified BED under the Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) category. However, in 2013 the DSM-V recognized BED as its own category under eating disorders. Binge Eating Disorder is defined as “recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time than most people would eat under similar circumstances, with episodes accompanied by feelings of lack of…
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