Binge Eating Disorder, B.E.D., is the most common eating disorder affecting 1% to 5% of adults in the America. According to the National Eating Disorders Association about 50% of those with B.E.D. are either overweight or obese, however being diagnosed with B.E.D. involves more than just overeating. Only a trained and qualified health care professional can make the appropriate diagnosis and then develop the correct treatment plan that will be successful.
Cause of Binge Eating Disorder
With research and recent medical advances the exact cause of B.E.D. remains uncertain. There is some evidence that Binge Eating Disorder may be hereditary with the disorder linked to family genetics. There are some hypotheses that B.E.D. is caused by certain brain chemicals, or even certain life experiences such as life-threatening accidents or natural disasters.
Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder
The diagnosis of B.E.D. is very specific and all of the following symptoms must be present for a true and accurate diagnosis:
- Regularly eating far more amounts of food than an average person would be able to eat in a similar time period
- Feeling that the amount of food eaten is out of control during a binge
- Becoming very upset by the episode(s) of binge eating
- Binge eating typically occurs at least 1x/week over a 3-month period
- Those with Binge Eating Disorder do not try to correct their excessive eating habits by throwing up or by over-exercising; B.E.D. is not part of another type of eating disorder.
In addition to meeting all of the criteria above, at least three or more of the following symptoms must also be present for an appropriate diagnosis:
- Eating extremely fast
- Eating beyond the feeling of being full
- Eating large amounts of food when not hungry
- Eating alone to hide how much is being eaten
- Feeling bad about oneself after a binge has occurred
Degree of Binge Eating Disorder Exhibited
Along with an accurate diagnosis is the determination of the severity of the B.E.D. which your doctor will utilize in the development of an effective treatment program. There are four levels of this disorder:
- Mild degree with 1 to 3 binge eating episodes exhibited a week
- Moderate degree with from 4 to 7 binge eating episodes a week
- Severe degree where 8 to 13 episodes are reported each week
- Extreme degree with 14 or more binge eating episodes every week
Treatment for B.E.D.
Vyvanse is the first and only medication approved to treat moderate to severe adult Binge Eating Disorder. Vyvanse (lisdexametamine dimesylate) is a prescription medication that your psychiatrist may choose to utilize in the treatment of your eating disorder. Following a comprehensive evaluation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed that may include Vyvanse, cognitive behavioral therapy, adjunct therapy, or support groups.
Binge Eating Disorder Psychiatrist
For qualified experienced care in the diagnosis and treatment of B.E.D., call the office of Dr. Hege to get your eating under control. It is time to enjoy life without the hidden struggle of binge eating.