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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