WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BINGE EATING DISORDER?

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Below is a list of symptoms that are seen in B.E.D.

B.E.D. Symptom Checklist

Symptoms of binge eating disorder are:

  1. Regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar circumstances
  2. Feeling a loss of control over your eating during a binge or over how much you are eating
  3. When binge eating you experience three or more of these:
    • 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 terrible after a binge
  4. Feeling very upset by eating binges
  5. Have been binge eating, on average, at least once a week for three months
  6. Unlike adults with other eating disorders, those with B.E.D. don't routinely try to undo their excessive eating with extreme actions like throwing up or over-exercising
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Other factors could be involved based on your own personal experiences. For that reason it is always best to talk to your health care professional for an individual evaluation.

“I thought, not another diet. Instead of putting a band-aid on something, it’s about getting to the root of it.”

—JOANNA, DIAGNOSED WITH B.E.D.

Potential Impact of B.E.D. in Adults

Individuals with B.E.D. may experience some effect on their ability to function day to day. For instance: 

  • Difficulty adapting to social roles (including the different responsibilities adults have as parents, friends, and co-workers)
  • An increased risk to personal health

If you’re concerned about your eating behaviors, fill out a B.E.D. Symptom Checklist and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Only a trained health care professional can diagnose binge eating disorder.

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—KIM R.

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“I confront this to make myself a better person for those that love me.”

—DAVID N.

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Fill out a B.E.D. Symptom Checklist

Completing a B.E.D. Symptom Checklist may help you and your doctor have a more productive conversation about your eating.

Please note, this checklist is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can diagnose B.E.D.

B.E.D. Symptom Checklist Directions

  • Use the B.E.D. Symptom Checklist to organize your thoughts
  • Print out your checklist or download it to your smartphone or tablet
  • Share it with your health care professional at your appointment

The following questions ask about your eating patterns and behaviors within the last 3 months. For each question, choose the response that best applies to you.

During the last 3 months, did you have any episodes of excessive overeating (i.e., eating significantly more than what most people would eat in a similar period of time)?

NOTE: If you answered “no” to the question above, you may stop. The remaining questions do not apply to you.

Do you feel distressed about your episodes of excessive overeating?

During your episodes of excessive overeating, how often did you feel like you had no control over your eating (e.g., not being able to stop eating, feel compelled to eat, or going back and forth for more food)?

Never/ Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Always

During your episodes of excessive overeating, how often did you continue eating even though you were not hungry?

Never/ Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Always

During your episodes of excessive overeating, how often were you embarrassed by how much you ate?

Never/ Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Always

During your episodes of excessive overeating, how often did you feel disgusted with yourself or guilty afterward?

Never/ Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Always

During the last 3 months, how often did you make yourself vomit as a means to control your weight or shape?

Never/ Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Always

For a printable PDF of your responses to the B.E.D. Symptom Checklist, provide your e-mail below.

Get Your B.E.D. Symptom Checklist

Download a copy of your responses and be sure to share them with your health care professional.

You can also e-mail a copy of your responses.

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Please keep in mind, we’ll never give out your name or e-mail address without your permission.

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