Health and Wellness

Binge Eating Disorder: Quiet Epidemic?

Posted by Marjorie Broussard, M.D. on Aug 24, 2016 8:30:00 AM

While you may not have heard of binge eating disorder, chances are you know someone who suffers from it. An estimated 4 million Americans have the disorder and that only accounts for reported cases. It’s believed more people suffer from binge eating disorder than anorexia and bulimia combined – making it the most common eating disorder in the United States. Until 2013, binge eating wasn’t recognized as a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but its recent inclusion is good news. Not only does it help patients receive a diagnosis, but many insurance companies will not cover treatment for mental disorders not listed in the DSM. 

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Topics: binge eating disorder, B.E.D.

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