Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, & How to Stop

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge eating disorder, commonly referred to as BED, is an eating disorder that is very different from anorexia or bulimia.  Here, you’ll learn more about binge eating disorder, including facts, symptoms, treatment options, and how to stop binging.


By definition, binge eating disorder is a very serious condition where a person habitually over eats large amounts of food and finds it hard to stop.  You may be wondering what the difference is between binge eating disorder and other types of overeating.  The main difference between a person with this type of disorder and other people that commonly find themselves over eating is that they feel out of control with their eating and often feel emotional distress, shame and embarrassment about how much they are eating.

Knowing binge eating disorder symptoms and treatment options can help you understand binge eating disorder better.


  • Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
  • It affects 3.5% of women and 2% of men.
  • This condition affects people of all races, levels of education, and income levels.
  • Symptoms can be found in children, adults, and teens.
  • Approximately 70% of people with binge eating disorder are overweight.
  • Binge eating disorder is not about weight.
  • Binge eating disorder may run in families and may be triggered by dieting.

You may be at higher risk for BED if you have any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • A history of being bullied about your weight
  • History of Trauma/Loss
  • History of Emotional or Physical Abuse
  • History of Sexual Trauma
  • History of Substance Abuse

How do you know if you have Binge Eating Disorder?

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:  

  • Repetitive episodes of eating large quantities of food in a short period of time (usually less than two hours).
  • Lack of  control over the amount of food you eat.
  • Eating until you are uncomfortably full on a regular basis.
  • Eating large amounts of food, even when you are not physically hungry.
  • Eating alone because of embarrassment about how much you are eating.
  • Feelings of shame and emotional distress about your eating.

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Other binge eating disorder symptoms can also include eating rapidly during binging episodes and dieting without seeing results. If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, you may have binge eating disorder. The Anchor Program(TM) described in The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook is the next step in your journey to make peace with food and with your body. If you’re ready to put an end to the shame and embarrassment associated with your eating behaviors, gain control of your eating and no longer isolate because of your unwanted behaviors, then this program is for you.

Get Help to End Binge Eating

If you are struggling with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating, join Dr. Ross for this informative webinar “How to get off the Diet-Binge Roller Coaster and Make Peace with Food and your Body.”