Binge Eating Disorder – Diagnosis and Management

Posted on:May 14, 2019
Last Updated: January 31, 2022
Time to read: 8 minutes

Binge eating disorder (BED) is mostly diagnosed during young adulthood and can persist for many years well into adulthood. The lifetime prevalence, as measured by the WHO across 14 countries and including 24,000 adults aged over 18 years old, ranges from 0.2 to 4.7%. [Kessler R et al.,2014]

There is a higher prevalence in women compared to men (3.5% vs 2%, respectively), in adolescents and young adults compared to middle-aged and older individuals, and in obese patients compared to those who have a normal weight. [Hudson J et al., 2007]

In 2013, the DSM-V recognised that BED was a separate eating disorder, different from other eating disorders. [APA, 2013]

Read more about the neurobiology of BED.