If you or anyone you care about is suffering from BED or any eating disorder, please reach out for professional assistance. The first contact should be to a therapist specializing in eating disorders (referral can be found on the internet via various eating disorder referral sites or by searching therapists by specialty) and to a primary care physician. All individuals suffering from eating disorders should be closely monitored by a physician due to the potential negative impact an eating disorder can have on one’s physical health.
Eating disorders are a complex, confounding set of diseases. It is critical that more people become familiar with this relatively new condition, BED, so more people suffering with this complicated condition can identify the symptoms and seek treatment.
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Dr. Hillary Goldsher, Psy.D, MBA-an expert in eating disorders- is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Hillary Goldsher at www.drhillarygoldsher.com
Symptoms of BED:
Diagnostic Criteria: DSM-IV
A. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode is characterized by:
1. Eating a larger amount of food than normal during a short period of time (within any two hour period)
2. Lack of control over eating during the binge episode (i.e. the feeling that one cannot stop eating).
B. Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
1. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
2. Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
3. Eating much more rapidly than normal
4. Eating alone because you are embarrassed by how much you're eating
5. Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
C. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present
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D. Binge eating occurs, on average, at least 2 days a week for six months
E. The binge eating is not associated with the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behavior (i.e. purging, excessive exercise, etc.) and does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
*From the DSM-IV, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994.