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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder


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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatments

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating. Binge-eating episodes are associated with feelings of shame, guilt, and distress. BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting more than 3 million adults.

The signs and symptoms of BED may include:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating; feeling out of control during a binge episode
- Eating more rapidly than normal during a binge episode
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full during a binge episode
- Eating large amounts of food even when not physically hungry
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after a binge episode

Treatment options for BED include:
- Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for BED. CBT can help people with BED identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to the disorder.
- Medications: There are no FDA-approved medications specifically for treating BED. However, some medications may be helpful in managing symptoms of BED. These include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and antipsychotic medications.
- Nutrition Counseling: A registered dietitian can help people with BED develop healthy eating habits and cope with feelings of shame or guilt associated with binge eating.
- Self-Help Groups: Support groups can provide people with BED with emotional support and practical advice for dealing with the disorder.

If you think you may have Binge Eating Disorder, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional such as Matt McTeague. BED is a treatable disorder, and there are many resources available to help people recover. Contact Matt McTeague to get started on the path to a healthier you.

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