Getting Help for Binge Eating DisorderAlthough binge eating disorder (BED) is the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States, it is also the most under-diagnosed eating disorder. When individuals with binge eating disorder are visiting their primary care physician, the physician may not see the underlying dynamics that are driving the eating disorder. The physician may only be able to identify the physician signs of BED such as obesity and overeating during a routine examination.

Diagnostic category improves access to help for binge eating

Binge Eating Disorder has been categorized as a clinical syndrome falling under EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) in the DSM IV TR. In 2013, the DSM-V formally recognized binge eating disorder as it’s own distinct diagnostic category with specific criterion. This will enable individuals suffering with binge eating disorder to receive more opportunities to receive treatment and begin to live a healthy life.

When seeking treatment for binge eating disorder, it is important to work with a health professional that specializes in eating disorders. This is particularly important for the BED population, as relapse rates are high and up to 30% improperly seek weight loss programs.