“Binge Eating to have New Diagnosis in DSM-V”
Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States affecting approximately 3.5% of women and 2% of men. Binge eating affects more men than other types of eating disorders. The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) includes the criteria for binge eating under the diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. This disorder is marked not only by eating large amounts of food within a short time period, but also by high levels of distress, lack of control, and feelings of guilt or disgust with oneself. Criteria for the disorder is not dependent upon the types of food consumed, but rather the amount and circumstances surrounding the eating (i.e. eating when you are not hungry and/or eating until you are uncomfortably full).
Recent reports state the upcoming DSM-V will list Binge Eating Disorder as its own discrete diagnosis, bringing it out from its previous associations with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (compulsive overeating) and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. The hope is that with proper diagnosis, more people struggling with this eating disorder will be able to find treatment. Addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol and other drugs may be eliminated from one’s life. However, food, also potentially addictive, must be consumed to live. For this and many other reasons, eating disorders can be difficult to overcome. The new DSM-V will hopefully bring more awareness and understanding to the prevalent problem of binge eating.
At Brookhaven Hospital, we treat eating disorders across the spectrum from restricting to binge eating. We help women as well as men at our treatment facility. Our treatment is based on the Rader treatment model that looks at the underlying reasons for the eating problems and provides tools to overcome this disease.
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