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Binge eating disorder in adults: Overview of treatment

Authors
Robyn Sysko, PhD
Michael Devlin, MD
Section Editor
Joel Yager, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD

INTRODUCTION

Binge eating disorder is more prevalent than either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, and is associated with numerous psychiatric and nonpsychiatric disorders [1,2]. In addition, most patients report some degree of impairment in psychosocial functioning (home, work, personal life, or social life), and 19 percent report severe impairment.

The phenomenon of binge eating was first formally described in obese individuals in 1959 [3]. However, binge eating disorder was first formulated as a distinct diagnosis in the 1990s [4].

This topic provides an overview of evaluating and treating patients for binge eating disorder. The use of cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat binge eating disorder is discussed separately, as is the diagnosis and treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity:

(See "Binge eating disorder: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)".)

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis".)

                              

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