Binge eating disorder (BED) was officially recognized as a formal diagnosis in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. This is significant because the BED diagnosis was listed in Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the previous edition (DSM-IV), which indicated that additional research was necessary to assess whether the disorder was significantly different from other eating disorders and unique enough to require specific treatment.
With official codification, and BEDA’s efforts to increase awareness of this under-diagnosed and under-treated disorder, millions of people are now in a position to have symptoms screened and the disorder treated. These individuals are finally validated and now they have hope.
This step forward will prompt more funding for research, more research opportunities, more treatments, increased awareness and proper training within the healthcare provider community.
Those who have BED no longer suffer and struggle in the darkness. Recognition, validation, treatment and hope are pillars of the BEDA community.