Eating Disorders : Binge Eating Disorder Essay

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Eating is an important part of human life, we consume food for nutrition and energy to help us survive. At present days, we have developed thousands of types of food not only for survival, but also for enjoyment and pleasure. We all overeat occasionally to cope with stress or celebrate for something. For example, eating birthday cakes after you already had a big all-you-can-eat dinner and felt really full at a friend’s birthday party. Overeating is normal among us, but when it becomes a daily behavior and food brings no more pleasure, it might signal some sort of physiological and psychological eating disorder – Binge Eating Disorder. Binge Eating Disorder is a kind of eating disorder which is characterized by compulsive overeating and the patient will be unable to control or stop eating though they are not even hungry. It was neglected and included in the Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) section before 2013. In the past 20 years there were over 1000 researches published to support the idea that BED is a specific diagnosis. As the result, now it is added to the new DSM 5 and joins with bulimia nervosa (BN) and anorexia nervosa (AN) as a new official feeding and eating disorder. This is an important change to improve diagnose accuracy in eating disorders. Before BED was separated as a new category, it had less clinical concern than Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa, and its severity was underestimated. According to the statistics form National Institute of…

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