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Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Criteria for Diagnosing BED

  • Repeated episodes of binge eating,  with an associated sense of loss of control over eating
  • Episodes include three or more of the following:
      • Eating much faster than normal
      • Eating until uncomfortably full
      • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
      • Eating alone because of embarrassment about overeating
      • Feeling disgusted, depressed, or very guilty after overeating
  • Episodes at least two days per week for at least six months

Binge eating is not associated with inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as:

  • Purging
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise

In addition, binge eating does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.


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For general questions regarding any outpatient levels of care, please call 412-246-6390.

UPMC Center for Eating Disorders
3811 O'Hara St.
Eighth floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bellefield Towers
100 North Bellefield Ave.
Lower Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Need Help?

If you think you have an eating disorder, get help today. Learn more about treatment at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders.