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Binge eating disorder

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Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common discrete eating disorder , affecting 3.5% of females and 2% of males and is prevalent in up to 30% of those seeking weight loss treatment.

Although it was not classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an eating disorder until 2013, it was first described in 1959 by psychiatrist and researcher Albert Stunkard as "night eating syndrome" (NES), and the term "binge eating disorder" was coined to describe the same binging-type eating behavior without the exclusive nocturnal component.

BED is frequently comorbid with obesity, although it can occur in normal weight individuals. There may be a genetic inheritance factor involved in BED independent of other obesity risks and there is also a higher incidence of psychiatric comorbidity, with the percentage of individuals with BED and an Axis I comorbid psychiatric disorder being 78.9% and for those with subclinical BED, 63.6%.


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