Binge Eating Disorder

In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) included Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as an official eating disorder diagnosis for the first time. Here are the current DSM-5 criteria:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (same as bulimia nervosa)
  • Binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following
    1. Eating much more rapidly than normal.
    2. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
    3. Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
    4. Eating alone because of embarrassment.
    5. Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating.
  • Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.
  • At least once a week for 3 months.
  • The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior.