Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder and is the most common eating disorder, even compared to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Approximately 40% of those with binge eating disorder are male and this disorder often begins in the late teens or early 20s, although it has been reported in young children as well as older adults.
Binge eating disorder is sometimes mischaracterized as food addiction, which is not a recognized psychiatric disorder. While a large number of people with binge eating disorders are overweight, BED can also occur in people who are normal weight. As most people who are overweight or have obesity do not have BED, it is important not to conflate obesity with binge-eating disorder. While many people may think of binge eating disorder as a less serious disorder than anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, it can be severe, debilitating, and even life-threatening.
Several triggers for binge eating have been recorded in people with binge eating disorder, including:
Feeling unhappy, anxious, or other negative emotions about body weight, body shape, or food
Problems with interpersonal relationships
Treatments for binge eating disorder include medications (SSRIs and Vyvanse) and psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.