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Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

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Common Signs of BED

 Some typical behaviors of individuals with BED include:

  • Eating much faster than normal
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone
  • A long history of repeated dieting


Common Symptoms of BED

The symptoms of BED are recurrent episodes of binge eating, along with:

  • A sense of loss of control over when, what, or how much one is eating
  • Feelings of disgust, embarrassment, or guilt about overeating
  • Elevated levels of distress about weight, shape, and eating



Psychiatric Symptoms

Psychiatric symptoms in individuals with BED may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Impulsivity
  • Mood swings
  • Personality difficulties related to perfectionism
  • Substance use problems
  • Trouble coping with intense emotions

Individuals with BED often are overweight or obese. However, there is a minority of binge eaters with no history of overweight.

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