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What is binge eating disorder (BED)?

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It's normal to eat too much from time to time. We've all gone back for thirds at a holiday meal and felt ready to pop after feasting.

Binge eating disorder, or BED, is different. It's an ongoing psychological problem. You might have it if you eat a very large amount of food -- more than other people would eat -- in a short amount of time (about a 2-hour period) at least 1 day a week for 3 months.

From: Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

Sources:

Nemours Foundation: "Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Characteristics of BED."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Definition and Facts for Binge Eating Disorder."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Binge eating disorder fact sheet."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder."

National Eating Disorders Association: "NEDA Toolkit for Parents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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