Binge Eating Disorder Gets Its Due

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Binge Eating Disorder Gets Its Due

binge-eating-disorder-dsm5-art-06-healthyplaceBinge Eating Disorder is included in the new DSM-5. It's been nearly 20 years since the DSM IV committee discussed binge eating disorder and the need for additional studies before it could be included in the DSM. Now, almost one thousand studies later, binge eating disorder is offically recognized as a psychiatric diagnosis.

The upside to the DSM-5 inclusion of binge eating disorder is that it will increase awareness of the illness among physicians and other healthcare professionals as well as the general public. There's a specific set of criteria that can be used to determine if someone meets the threshhold for being diagnosed with B.E.D. It might also affect whether insurance companies will pay for diagnosis and treatment. I say "might" because others with long recognized eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia, many times have their insurance claims denied. Eating disorders are stubborn illnesses that require long-term treatment.

"You don't have any illness. Just quit eating so much."

There's also the issue of stigma. As everyone reading this newsletter knows, there's plenty of mental health stigma to go around for everyone, no matter what mental illness you have. When it comes to B.E.D., many people have a difficult time discerning the difference between binge eating disorder and overeating. Therefore, it may take a long time before the public "gets it".

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, March 18). Binge Eating Disorder Gets Its Due, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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