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Binge Eating Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Binge Eating Diagnosis, Compulsive Eating Diagnosis, Compulsive Eating Disorder Diagnosis, Eating Disorder Diagnosis, Uncontrolled Eating Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Binge Eating Disorder Diagnosed?

In order to properly diagnose binge eating disorder, it is important to first determine if the person’s behavior of binge eating cannot be better explained by more specific eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or by other psychological disorders such as major depressive disorder. It is also important to note that an accurate diagnostic criterion for binge eating disorder is still under research.

What is included the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV TR is merely a proposed diagnostic criterion for the purpose of further research.

The following are the suggested diagnostic factors 6 for a positive diagnosis of binge eating disorder:

  • Repeated episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:

Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g. within any 2-hour period) an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.

A sense of lack or loss of control over eating during the episode

  • The binge-eating episodes are associated with three (3) or more of the following:

Eating much more rapidly than normal

Eating until one is uncomfortably full

Eating large amounts of food when one is not feeling hungry

Eating alone because of embarrassment over the amount of food one eats

Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or very guilty after overeating

  • There is marked distress about the binge eating
  • The binge eating happens, on the average, of two (2) days a week, for six (6) months (Note: Future research is necessary in setting the preferred frequency and frequency threshold of the episodes of binge eating.)
  • The binge eating is not associated with the use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (such as purging, fasting, and excessive exercise) and does not occur exclusively during the course of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

Could You Have Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa – purging, fasting enema, laxatives, diuretics, recurrent binge eating
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – irrational worry, anxiety, depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsession, compulsiveness, repeated ritualistic activities