Binge eating disorder (B.E.D.) is associated with a
range of functional consequences1

  • Problems with adapting to social roles
  • Quality of life and life satisfaction degradation due to health issues
  • Heightened medical mortality and morbidity
  • Heightened use of health care resources compared to BMI-matched controls
  • Potential for weight gain that could lead to obesity

B.E.D. association with impairment in role functioning in
adults (Sheehan Disability Scale)*2

≈63%
reported functional impairment during the past year
≈19%
reported severe functional impairment during the past year

The Sheehan Disability Scales were administered to assess the severity of
recent episodes of disordered eating.

*Data are 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.2

  1. American Psychiatric Association. Binge-eating disorder. In: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013:350-353.
  2. Hudson JI, Hiripi E, Pope HG Jr, Kessler RC. [Published correction appears in Biol Psychiatry. 2012;72(2):164.] Biol Psychiatry. 2007;61(3):348-358.