Day Two of BED Week: What is BED?

For day two of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) week, let's learn more about BED and what it is:

About Binge Eating Disorder

  • The prevalence of BED is estimated to be approximately 1-5% of the general population.
  • BED affects women slightly more often than men--estimates indicate that about 60% of people struggling with binge eating disorder are female, 40% are male
  • People who struggle with BED can be of normal or heavier than average weight.
  • BED is often associated with symptoms of depression.
  • People struggling with BED often express distress, shame, and guilt over their eating behaviors.
  • People who struggle with BED report a lower quality of life than those who do not struggle with BED.

What is BED?

  • BED is characterized by repeated episodes of uncontrolled overeating, or eating more than the average person would eat in a short period of time.
  • Binge eating often includes a feeling of lack of control over what is eaten, how much is eaten, or when and how to stop eating
  • Eating is often used to fill an emotional void or in an attempt to cover up or avoid feelings.
  • People struggling with BED often express distress, shame, and guilt over their eating behaviors.
  • There are also several behavioral indicators of BED including eating when not hungry, eating alone because of embarrassment over quantities consumed, eating until uncomfortably full.

Concerned that you or a loved one may be struggling with BED?

  • Call the National Eating Disorder Association's (NEDA's) toll free, confidential Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
  • You can also chat online with a NEDA Helpline volunteer, Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
  • Check out Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) online. Here you can search a list of providers and learn more information about the recovery process.

Don't forget to share this information as part of the BED Week "Do One Thing a Day" Social Media Challenge!

See you here tomorrow for Day Three of BED Week!


Reference: National Eating Disorder Association - Binge Eating, 2013.