Binge Eating Disorder To Be Added to DSM-5

Binge Eating Disorder Awareness in Light of Proposed Changes in DSM-V

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Version 5 is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2013.  This newly revised version is proposed to include many changes that will impact those who treat patients with eating disorders.  One of the greatest changes will be the addition of Binge Eating Disorder as a distinct category of eating disorder.  This alteration could allow those who are suffering with Binge Eating Disorder to attain adequate treatment with insurance coverage.  This would be a drastic change from the current situation, in which men or women could not seek insurance coverage for treatment without specific criteria for this disorder.  It is hopeful that with the new classification for Binge Eating Disorder included in the revised DSM-V, there will be an increase in access to coverage and treatment [including treatment at eating disorder centers] for this mental health illness.  These changes will also help in bringing greater awareness to this disorder, improved diagnosis, as well as enhanced treatment protocols and interventions for those suffering from Binge Eating Disorder.

According to the propositioned criteria, Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by €œa sense of lack of control over eating during the episode€ and correlated with three or more of the following:

  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating, and/or
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward

The fact that Binge Eating disorder is being considered under the new DSM-V manual is hopeful!  These proposed changes in the criteria for diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder may help improve overall prognosis and outcomes for the man or woman who may be dealing with this devastating disease as well as increase awareness of varying eating disorders.  While Eating disorders are generally thought to be a problem with under-eating rather than over-eating, these alterations may make treatment a possibility for those who suffer with Binge Eating Disorder.

How do you think these changes in the DSM-V will effect treatment possibility for those struggling with BED?

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