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Binge-Eating Disorder

This is a diagnosis that is not yet officially accepted in the DSM-IV-TR as a bona fide disorder, but rather as an entity that requires further study. Still, it is accepted by many clinicians as a true disorder that requires treatment.

Binge-Eating Disorder is similar to Bulimia Nervosa except that there are only binge-eating episodes without any purging activities, fasting or excessive exercise to reduce one's weight. These episodes are said to occur at least twice a week for at least 6 months. They cause marked distress and are associated with at least three of the following characteristics:

  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after binging.

Though not part of the formal research criteria listed above, Binge-Eating Disorder is often associated with obesity.


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Bulimia Nervosa

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)