Binge Eating Disorder ( Bed )

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Binge Eating Disorder Binge eating disorder (BED) is a psychiatric condition characterized by the consumption of large quantities of food in a specific amount of time, and feeling out of control while eating. BED also involves feelings of guilt and shame after binging but is not accompanied by compensatory behaviors, such as purging or vomiting. Binge eating is described by “eating at a fast pace, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, eating when not feeling hungry, eating alone to hide the amount of food consumed, and feeling depressed and ashamed afterwards” (Binge). Consequently, BED may cause weight gain. However, not all obese people have BED; only “two-thirds of individuals with BED are obese” (Binge). Consuming excessive amounts of Calories and exceeding the recommended dietary allowance can lead to obesity and its associated health risks. Possible health issues include high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, hypertension, and stroke (Binge).
Binge eating disorder was first identified in 1959 by Albert Stunkard. In 1987, BED was noted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) under the bulimia criteria. However, in 1994, BED was listed independent from bulimia, but as an eating disorder not otherwise specified in the DSM-IV. The Binge Eating Disorder Association was founded in 2008 by Chevese Turner. Finally, in May 2013, BED was officially recognized as an eating disorder diagnosis by…
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