Diagnostic Criteria: Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was added to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in May 2013.1

Here is a summary of the criteria for the diagnosis of binge eating disorder:

1. Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterized by both:

  • Eating a significantly larger amount of food than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.
  • A feeling that you cannot stop eating or control what or how much you are eating.

2. Binge eating is associated with at least three of the following:

  • Eating faster than normal
  • Eating until you feel uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food even though you are not physically hungry
  • Eating alone because you feel embarrassed by how much you are eating
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, or very guilty after eating

3. Marked distress about binge eating.

4. Binge eating occurs at least once a week for three months on average.

5. You do not typically compensate for bingeing inappropriately (by vomiting for example) and you do not binge only during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

1 American Psychiatric Association. (2013). DSM 5. American Psychiatric Association.

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