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Eating Disorders Among Adults - Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent binge-eating episodes during which a person feels a loss of control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia, binge-eating episodes are not followed by purging, excessive exercise or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. They also experience guilt, shame and/or distress about the binge-eating, which can lead to more binge-eating.

Additional information about binge eating disorder can be found on NIMH’s eating disorders page.

Eating disorders among adults - binge eating. Prevalence as a percent of U.S. adult population. Eating disorders among adults - binge eating.  Average age-of-onset, 25 years old.
Eating disorders among adults - binge eating. Demographics as a percent of the U.S. adult population.

Eating disorders among adults - binge eating. Treatment/Services use as a percent of those with a disorder.

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