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Ryan, diagnosed with moderate B.E.D. and treated with Vyvanse

HOW IS B.E.D. DIAGNOSED?

Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) involves more than overeating on occasion

If you're concerned about your relationship with food and B.E.D., take some time to explore this list of B.E.D. symptoms, and then talk to your doctor.

Doctors diagnose B.E.D. based on specific criteria

All of the following symptoms must be present in order for your doctor to make a diagnosis:

These symptoms must be present:

  • Regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar circumstances
  • Feeling that one’s eating is out of control during a binge
  • Being very upset by binge eating
  • On average, binge eating takes place at least once a week for 3 months
  • Unlike adults with other eating disorders, those with Binge Eating Disorder don’t routinely try to “undo” their excessive eating with extreme actions, like throwing up or over-exercising. Binge Eating Disorder is not part of another eating disorder

And 3 or more of these symptoms must also be present:

  • Eating extremely fast
  • Eating beyond feeling full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not hungry
  • Eating alone to hide how much one is eating
  • Feeling bad about oneself after a binge

The B.E.D. criteria above are for informational purposes only and are not intended to make a diagnosis. Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation by a healthcare provider. Remember, only a doctor or other trained healthcare provider can diagnose B.E.D.

B.E.D. can range in severity

When evaluating the severity of a patient’s B.E.D., a doctor or other trained healthcare provider will consider the diagnostic criteria, the number of binge eating episodes per week, and other factors. A diagnosis of B.E.D. can be described as mild, moderate, severe, or extreme.

Mild

1-3 binge eating episodes per week

Moderate

4-7 binge eating episodes per week

Severe

8-13 binge eating episodes per week

Extreme

14 or more binge eating episodes per week

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