Myths about Binge Eating Disorder

Myth: Binge Eating Disorder is not a real eating disorder.

Fact: Many people overeat every once in awhile. This is especially common around the holidays and at special events. However, this is not the medical definition of binge eating: Binge Eating Disorder includes constant, chronic, and uncontrollable overeating weekly, not just once in awhile.

Binge Eating Disorder was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013 making it an official eating disorder. Diagnostic criteria of Binge Eating Disorder include recurring episodes of binging, eating faster than normal, eating until uncomfortably full, and eating alone due to embarrassment.

At the Institute for Advanced Medical Research, our top priority is that you get the help you need in order to live your best life.  Our on site physician can provide specialized care and monitoring to get the help you deserve. If you have any other questions or concerns about Binge Eating Disorder, please do not hesitate to call us at 770-817-9200.