Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.
Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.
BED is the most common eating disorder in adults affecting approximately 1 to 3% of the general population. However, despite this fact, BED tends to receive far less media attention compared to other eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. The rates of BED are comparable among males and females.
Binge Eating vs Bulimia Nervosa
Unlike bulimia nervosa, the binge eating episode in BED is not associated with efforts to prevent weight gain such as purging. People who are diagnosed with bulimia nervosa and BED demonstrate similar patterns of compulsive overeating, dysfunctional cognitive control, food addiction, and risk factors.