Binge eating disorder
(B.E.D.) is the most
common
eating disorder
among US adults*1

It is more prevalent than bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa combined*1,2

*Estimated 12-month and lifetime prevalence among an eating disorder–assessed subsample
(n=2,980) of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, a nationally representative face-to-face
household survey of English-speaking adults aged ≥18 years.1,2

B.E.D. affects
≈2.8 million
US adults†1,3

Estimated 12-month prevalence in National Comorbidity Survey Replication of US adults aged ≥18
years, extrapolated to full US population aged ≥18 years.1,3

A separate online survey of 22,397 US adults showed that…

of the 344 who met DSM-5® diagnostic criteria for B.E.D. in the past 12 months (level of severity not specified):

3.2%(11 of 344)reported ever receiving a diagnosis of B.E.D. by a health care provider ‡4

Data from a 2013 online survey of US adults aged ≥18 years.4

The gender ratio is less skewed in B.E.D. than in bulimia nervosa1,5

2:1 Estimated 12-month prevalence of  B.E.D. in US adults§:
1.6%  of women  vs  0.8%  of men

5:1 Estimated 12-month
prevalence of  bulimia nervosa in US adults§:
0.5%  of women  vs  0.1%  of men

§Data from an eating disorder–assessed subsample (n=2,980) of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, a
nationally representative face-to-face household survey of English-speaking adults aged ≥18 years.1

Onset of B.E.D. occurs at a later median age (21 years) than bulimia nervosa (18 years) and anorexia nervosa
(18 years)||1

||Data from an eating disorder–assessed subsample (n=2,980) of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, a
nationally representative face-to-face household survey of English-speaking adults aged ≥18 years.1

In US adults, B.E.D. is observed across racial and ethnic groups: Prevalence rates are comparable among White (1.4%), Latino (2.1%), Asian (1.2%), and African American (1.5%) adults¶5,6

Prevalence rates are also comparable between most industrialized countries (eg, Australia, Canada, many European countries,
New Zealand, and the United States)5

Sample from a combined data set of 3 nationally representative US samples. Lifetime
prevalence of B.E.D. in adults based on DSM-IV-TR® criteria.6

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