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Binge Eating Disorder Is Real
9/18/2016 4:12:15 PM

 

I have recently seen a series of different commentaries or editorials on “illness inflation” and “lowering the bar in medicine” that specifically mention Binge Eating Disorder (BED).  These editorials make it sound like BED is a made up disease that you have if you suddenly eat a “few too many cookies.”  As a clinician who sees first hand the devastating effect of binge eating disorder and the impact that it can have on quality of life, it makes me sad at how misunderstood this illness is.  It’s frustrating for me, but it is stigmatizing and shameful for someone who suffers from BED to read that their illness isn’t “real.”  When you’re struggling to stop thinking about food, feel ashamed in your body, afraid to eat because you’re worried you won’t be able to stop, it makes you feel like you have to hide your behaviors even more- which makes the eating disorder worse.


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