Who Is This Binge-Eating Disorder Quiz For?

Could you be suffering fromBinge-Eating Disorder?

Binge-Eating Disorder is a recognizedeating disorderlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. It can happen towomenandmen,children, teens and adults. Binge-Eating Disorder can be treated with psychotherapy that aims to teach the patient to recognize theiremotional eatingtriggers, and to use food to sate hunger rather than provide comfort.

Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with Binge-Eating Disorder. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.

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This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health provider or doctor. But Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment.

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When you lose control over your eating, do you eat even though you are not hungry?
When you lose control over your eating, do you eat alone because of embarrassment or shame of what or how much you are eating?
Do you struggle to control when and how much you eat?
When you lose control over your eating, do you eat more rapidly than you usually do?
Do you find yourself eating more when you try to restrict how much you eat?
When you lose control over your eating, do you eat more food than others would under similar circumstances?
When you lose control over your eating, do you feel like you cannot stop eating once you've started?
When you cannot stop eating, do you eat so much that you feel uncomfortably full afterwards?
Do you feel disgusted with yourself, depressed, or very guilty after you feel you have overeaten?

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Binge-Eating Disorder FAQs

How do you know if you have Binge-Eating Disorder?

如果每一个啊ften you eat a tremendous amount of food at one sitting, you may worry that you have a binge eating disorder. There is binge eating, and then there is Binge-Eating Disorder.

Binge eating encompasses a wide range of eating patterns.

“A person may have heard that fasting is good for them, so they fast all day and then binge,” says Monica Bearden, RD, LD, CSSD, Consultant in Sports Nutrition at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas. “Binge eating is disordered eating that could turn into an eating disorder. It is often due to a lack of education about how to eat. Or it could be someone who is busy all day long and doesn’t eat, and then at night they are starving.”

Binge-Eating Disorder is more than just overeating.

“The definition of Binge-Eating Disorder is eating a large quantity of food in a relatively short time, but it is more than that,” says Ashley Jacobs, RDN. “The person also must have a sense of a lack of control. There is guilt and depression afterward.”

To be diagnosed with Binge-Eating Disorder, you must also have recurrent episodes of binge eating accompanied by a sense of lack of control. The episodes also must be associated with three of these symptoms: eating a lot faster than usual, eating until uncomfortably full, eating copious amount of food even when not physically hungry, eating alone because of a sense of embarrassment about how much you are eating, feeling guilty or depressed afterward, and experiencing distress over the eating. The binge eating must go on for at least three months and occur at least once a week.1

How does Binge-Eating Disorder differ from bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa?

One of the newest eating disorders formally recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5), Binge-Eating Disorder is separate and distinct from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

“There are no weight criteria for Binge-Eating Disorder,” says Ashley Jacobs, RDN. “Most of the time, the person who has Binge-Eating Disorder will either be a normal weight or overweight or obese.”

Binge-Eating Disorder doesn’t involve purging the way that bulimia does.

“And with anorexia, there is intentional restriction of food,” Jacobs says. “In anorexia, the person eats less than what their body needs to function.”

What causes Binge-Eating Disorder?

Binge-Eating Disorder, like other eating disorders, stems from a variety of factors. How you feel about your weight and your body shape comes into play, and BED has been linked to anxiety and depression. Your environment and your genes also can influence whether you develop Binge-Eating Disorder. For some individuals, dieting in unhealthy ways like skipping meals, avoiding certain kinds of foods, or not eating enough can influence whether you develop this disorder.2

“Having someone in your immediate family who struggles with an eating disorder puts you at risk,” says Ashley Jacobs, RDN. “Whether you are seeing a parent binge-eat in front of you or they are not eating because they are restricting calories can be very confusing for a child. The eating is being put right in front of the person.”

Binge-Eating Disorder is treatable, she says: “You need to find a provider who is compassionate so you will feel comfortable talking about it. It is important to find a mental health provider who has an expertise in eating disorders.”

What is the average age for the onset of Binge-Eating Disorder?

“The age group I see tend to be early teens and early adulthood, but I have had patients up to 70 years old,” says Ashley Jacobs, RDN. “I don’t think there is a specific age group for Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Monica Bearden, RD, LD, CSSD, Consultant in Sports Nutrition at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas, says it is hard to say what age group is the most prone to develop Binge-Eating Disorder.

“It can be adolescents who are busy during the day and don’t eat and then they eat all their calories at night,” she says. “Or it can be adults who are trying to fast and then end up binging. Binge eating does affect every age group, from adolescents through adults.”

而床更常见于年轻和中年d people, it also is common in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: These disorders' constant focus on weight and food control may be why. In some individuals, binge eating may even contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. This can happen through excessive weight gain and the higher risk of metabolic abnormalities. People who have Binge-Eating Disorder and who have diabetes can find it harder to control their blood sugar.3

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2022