An overview of binge eating disorder
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Abstract: Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, affecting approximately 2% of men and 3.5% of women. BED has a complex etiology that includes both physical and psychological co-morbidities. Up to 50% of overweight and obese people seeking weight loss treatment have BED. Treatment includes pharmacological therapy and psychotherapy with the main goals of reducing binge frequency and weight reduction. Three categories of medications have been identified for the pharmacological treatment of BED: antidepressants, centrally acting appetite suppressants, and anticonvulsants Behavioral weight loss (BWL) includes modest weight reduction typically by reducing fat intake, eating regular meals and snacks and increasing weekly exercise. Interpersonal psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy are the most successful forms for psychotherapy used to treat BED. In conclusion, BED etiology is multifaceted and successful treatment must address the complexities of the disorder.