Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is an eating disorder that causes episodes of extreme overeating (also called binge eating) and feeling a lack of control while eating. During a binge eating episode, a person eats far more than what would be considered normal. After eating, the person often feels guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed. BED affects a person's physical and mental health.
The causes of BED are not known, but doctors believe the following may play a role:
Anyone of any gender can develop BED. The disorder is slightly more common in girls and women. BED is also associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.