Binge eating disorder (BED) is a type of binge eating that may be found in some obese individuals.
Criteria for the binge eating disorder - all of the following:
(1) recurrent episodes of binge eating occurring 2 or more days per week for at least 6 months
(2) marked distress during the episodes of excessive eating
(3) episodes of excessive eating are associated by 3 or more of the following:
(3a) rapid eating
(3b) eating until uncomfortably full ("bursting")
(3c) eating a lot even when not feeling particularly hungry
(3d) eating alone because of embarassment
(3e) feeling guilty, disgusted with self and/or depressed about the excessive eating
Exclusion - any of the following:
(1) inappropriate compensatory behavior (vomiting, exercising, fasting, laxative abuse)
(2) anorexia nervosa
(3) bulimia nervosa
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