Binge Eating Disorder

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

BED is characterised by recurrent episodes of bingeing, or extreme overeating. Bingeing occurs when a person eats a large amount of food in a short amount of time and is usually marked by a lack of control. On average, BED is diagnosed when a person has an episode at least once a week for at least three months.


binge eating disorder is a serious eating disorder and medical and mental health support is needed

People with BED may eat very quickly, even if they’re not hungry. They often feel guilt and embarrassment or shame about their eating, which leads to bingeing alone, to hide the behaviour.

If you think your loved one is showing signs of BED, it’s time to get help.

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

  • BED is not a choice
  • BED is not lack of willpower
  • BED does not indicate failure
  • BED is not overeating at a holiday meal or special occasion
  • BED does not mean you are obese, or should use weight loss strategies.



What is a binge?

A ‘binge’ can vary widely in amount of food consumed and duration of time spent consuming it. While it might mean a considerable amount for some, it can mean a smaller amount for others. Regardless, the person still feels out of control and distressed afterwards.

Although those with binge eating disorder are more likely to be of higher weight, anyone at any weight may struggle with the disorder. 

For those at higher weights, the presence of cultural weight stigma and bullying experiences may contribute to a greater degree to the development of binge eating disorder, as well as co-occurring mood disorders and addiction.

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Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not-for-profit, predominantly volunteer-run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the eating disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences, helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to:

A range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

daily online support through our private strive Australia Facebook Group and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised eating disorder units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit.

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