Let’s Talk
Let’s Talk 866.482.3876

Understand Signs, Symptoms, and Recovery Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. At our Treatment Centers Center, we specialize in treating Binge Eating Disorder.

Binge Eating Disorder Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery | Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge Eating Disorder

Signs, Symptoms,

Treatment, and


Eating Disorder


Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorder Treatment

With Binge Eating Disorder (BED), food becomes a way to cope with, soothe or process emotions. A binge episode is often followed by intense feelings of guilt or shame which can lead to more binge eating resulting in a painful cycle. Individuals struggling with binge eating disorder often experience a significant amount of emotional distress and are at greater risk for suicide. Individuals with binge eating disoder report a lower quality of life than those without BED and have higher degrees of anxiety and depression. For most people suffering with binge eating disorder, treatment is necessary for recovery.

The binge eating recovery program involves psychotherapy or counseling including individual, family, and group therapy. Due to the high incidence of co-occurring depression and anxiety, our treatment addresses both BED and any co-occurring mood or anxiety symptoms. Eating disorder treatment requires a collaboration of skilled eating disorder specialists, such as a dietitian, therapist, medical doctor.

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

People suffering with BED do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviors, such as throwing up or exercising intensely to counter the food eaten. BED is a serious eating disorder with devastating emotional, physical, and social consequences. It has been officially recognized as a formal eating disorder diagnosis in the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), allowing sufferers to finally get the attention and eating disorder treatment they deserve.

We're here to help
Speak to one of our Treatment Consultants

Let's Talk

Please wait...

Welcome to your BED Screener

This quick, 6 question screener will give you an opportunity to reflect on possible struggles you may experience with food and binge eating.  Click NEXT to start the screener.

Phone Number
Does binging or your feelings about food interfere with your life?
Do you feel a lack of control around food, or feel like you cannot stop when eating?
Would you say that you eat more food than others in a short period of time? (eg 2 hours)?
Which of the following experiences apply to you? (Select all that apply)
Do you binge on foods that you have tried to avoid (eg foods cut out on a diet)?
Do you binge 1 (one) or more times in a week?

What are the signs and symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder?

A tremendous amount of guilt, shame and embarrassment can be experienced by individuals with BED, so it can often be difficult to detect. Below is a list of common characteristics of binge eating disorder:

  • Eating unusually large quantities of food in a relatively short period of time and feeling out of control with food

  • Eating more quickly than normal

  • Eating large amounts when not physically hungry

  • Eating to the point of feeling uncomfortably full

  • Feeling sad, guilty or disgusted after eating

  • Being secretive about behaviors or eating alone due to embarrassment about amount of food

  • Feeling sad about body or weight

  • Feeling sad, anxious or significantly distressed about binge eating

"I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful.."

Natalie F.
Discovery Alumni
Click here for more Success Stories

We're here to help
Speak to one of our Treatment Consultants

Please wait...

Let's Talk

Please wait...

Click here for outstanding treatment outcomes

Preferred in-network provider for eating disorder treatment

Click here for self-pay and easy-pay financing options.  

What are the medical consequences of Binge Eating Disorder?

Although binge eating disorder can be present in individuals who are of average weight, up to two thirds of people with BED can have the potential life-threatening medical complications associated with obesity. Below is a list of medical consequences:

  • Excessive weight gain

  • High blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Heart disease

  • Osteoarthritis

Take a tour of our Eating Disorder Treatment

Center For Discovery's eating disorder treatment facilities specialize in treatment for binge eating disorder with unique treatment programs for every individual to get them on their way to eating disorder recovery.

For more information, resources, or to consult with an eating disorder treatment specialist, call 866.482.3876

What causes Binge Eating Disorder?

Several factors are believed to play a role in the development of BED. Some of these may include:

  • Genetics

  • Emotional factors, such as depression or anxiety

  • Cultural and societal factors, such as experiences with weight stigma or associating food with emotional comfort

  • Interpersonal factors, such as stress within family or other significant relationships

The factors that contribute to the development of BED will certainly vary from person to person and are worth exploring when an individual seeks eating disorder treatment.

Do I have an eating disorder?

Does my loved one have an eating disorder?

Do I have an eating disorder?

Do I have an eating disorder?

Does my loved one have an eating disorder?

Does my loved one have an eating disorder?


  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
  • BEDA: Understanding binge eating disorder. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
Center For Discovery