We’ve talked a lot on this blog about our own personal experiences with eating disorders. We thought we would take the first day of NEDAwareness Week to talk about Binge Eating Disorder specifically, what it is and the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder.
As defined by the Binge Eating Disorder Association, or BEDA, BED is “characterized by recurring episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while bingeing, and feeling guilt and shame afterward.” A binge in this context simply means a larger amount of food than would be “normal” to eat in one sitting, with the person feeling they have no control over when to stop. A person diagnosed with BED does not purge, as is the case with bulimia.
“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 ages (including children and adolescents), races, and levels of education and income.”