binge eating disorder symptoms

Characteristics of BED

According to the DSM-5, binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by several behavioral and emotional signs or symptoms:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating occurring at least once a week for three months
  • Eating a larger amount of food than normal during a short time frame (any two-hour period)
  • Lack of control over eating during the binge episode (feeling you can’t stop eating or control what or how much you are eating)

Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:

  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating alone out of embarrassment over quantity eaten
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, ashamed, or guilty after overeating

In addition:

  • Marked distress regarding binge eating is also present
  • Binge eating is not associated with frequent inappropriate compensatory behavior, such as purging, excessive exercise, etc.
  • Binge eating does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa