Eating “too much” at one sitting is something many of us do. Maybe it’s because we are celebrating a birth- day or holiday, Maybe it is because we are sad or mad or tired or.... But when does it cross the line from simply over eating to an eating disorder, and why does it matter? Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was formally recognized as a unique eating disorder with the release of DSM-5, the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
How is BED defined? There are three key factors help you determine if a pattern of overeating meets the criteria for BED: A sense of lack of control while eating, how often the episodes occur, and the feelings experienced after the overeating episode.