Binge eating disorder summary
|Prevalence:||Affects ~2.8 million U.S. adults*1,2|
|ICD-10:||F50.8 Other eating disorders|
|SNOWMED CT:||439960005 Binge eating disorder|
|Symptoms:||Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterized by:3</p>
Binge eating disorder (B.E.D.) is the most common eating disorder among US adults†1
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association recognized B.E.D. as a distinct eating disorder. B.E.D. is defined as recurring episodes (on average, ≥1 episode per week for at least 3 months) of consuming a large amount of food in a short time compared with others, a feeling of lack of control during a binge, and marked distress over binge eating. Patients also typically experience shame and guilt about their bingeing, among other symptoms.3
B.E.D. is the most common eating disorder in U.S. adults, and is more prevalent than bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa combined*1,4
B.E.D. affects roughly 2.8 million U.S. adults.1,2
Your EHR can help you identify patients with B.E.D.
Your EHR can help you evaluate patients with the Binge Eating Disorder Screener-7 (BEDS-7) accessible right from your patient’s chart.
Diagnosing adults with B.E.D.
Diagnosis should be based upon a complete evaluation of the patient that confirms the criteria for B.E.D. established in DSM-5®. Individuals with B.E.D. must meet all of the following DSM-5® diagnostic criteria:1
Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterized by both consuming an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under the same or similar circumstances and experiencing a loss of control over eating during the episode.
These episodes feature at least 3 of the following:
- Consuming food faster than normal;
- Consuming food until uncomfortably full;
- Consuming large amounts of food when not hungry;
- Consuming food alone due to embarrassment;
- Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating a large amount of food.
Overall, they feel significant distress about their binge eating.
Their binge eating episodes occur, on average, at least once per week for 3 months.
They do not show regular compensatory behavior associated with bulimia nervosa, nor do they binge eat solely during an episode of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
*Estimated 12-month prevalence in National Comorbidity Survey Replication of US adults aged ≥18 years, extrapolated to full US population aged ≥18 years.1,2
†Estimated 12-month and lifetime prevalence among an eating disorder–assessed subsample (n=2,980) of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, a nationally representative face-to-face household survey of English-speaking adults aged ≥18 years.1,4
- Hudson JI, Hiripi E, Pope HG Jr, Kessler RC. [Published correction appears in Biol Psychiatry. 2012;72(2):164.] Biol. Psychiatry. 2007;61(3):348-358.
- Howden LM, Meyer JA. Age and sex composition: 2010. US Census Bureau; 2011.
- American Psychiatric Association. Binge-eating disorder. In: _Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. _5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013:350-353.
- Kessler RC, Berglund PA, Chiu WT, et al. Biol Psychiatry. 2013;73(9):904-914. DSM-5® is a registered trademark of the American Psychiatric Association.