♦ Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. Lifetime prevalence in adult women is approximately 3.5% and in adult men, 2.0%. Prevalence among adolescents is an estimated 1.6 %.
♦ Up to one-quarter of obese patients may have BED.
♦ Hallmark behavior of BED is frequent episodes of binge eating associated with a feeling of loss of control. Emotional distress afterward is significant. Comorbid depression and other psychiatric conditions are common.
♦ Screening for BED and other eating disorders is essential but also challenging because of the shame associated with the behaviors.
♦ Cognitive-behavioral therapy is considered the gold standard of psychological treatment.
♦ There is one FDA-approved agent for BED; a wide range of antidepressants are used with variable success.
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