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Management and outcomes of binge-eating disorder


Berkman, N., Brownley, K. A., Peat, C. M., Lohr, K., Cullen, K., Morgan, L., ... Bulik, C. M. (2015). Management and outcomes of binge-eating disorder. (Comparative Effectiveness Review; No. 160), (AHRQ Publication; No. 15(16)-EHC030-EF). Rockville, MD: Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


Binge-eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating—i.e., eating episodes that occur in a discrete period of time (≤2 hours) and involve the consumption of an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would consume under similar circumstances. Other core features of BED are a sense of lack of control over eating during binge episodes, significant psychological distress (e.g., shame, guilt) about binge eating, and the absence of regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as purging, fasting, and excessive exercise.