What is Binge Eating?

There is a spectrum of eating disorders. Everyone knows of Anorexia (restricting food) and Bulimia (binge eating and then purging through vomiting, exercise, or laxative use). However, did you know about Binge Eating Disorder?

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating now has a diagnosis in the DSM5. The definition of Binge Eating is:

“Recurrent episodes of binge eating that is defined as, an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances accompanied by a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode.”

Do I have Binge Eating Disorder?

The criteria for Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are associated with 3 or more of the following: 

  1. Eating much more rapidly than normal
  2. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  3. Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  4. Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating
  5. Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating
  6. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.
  7. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for three months.
  8. Absence of regular compensatory behaviors (such as purging) and does not occur exclusively during the course Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa.

Binge Eating Disorder doesn’t depend on your weight

People with Binge Eating Disorder may be overweight or obese, and they may be of normal weight. What I can tell you is that you know if your eating habits are not normal.

BED is associated with anxiety and may be a result of anxiety related to medical problems that are secondary to BED. Many people will choose high carbohydrate foods as their favorite binge foods; cakes, cookies, crackers, popcorn, dry cereal, all these foods can become binge foods.

How is Binge Eating Disorder treated?

With our Nutegra Medical Nutrition Therapy Program, we are able to help you manage the anxiety with your food. We combine counseling with a tailored meal and movement plan that helps you meet your wellness goals.

Your personal meal plan is developed for your body only and it gives you a boundary of healthy eating choices that will nourish and sustain you. 

Many of my clients find just by nourishing their bodies for the first time, that urges for Binge Eating are more controllable. However, deeper support is available. Please get in touch for a free consult to learn more.