Fact Sheet: Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

30 thoughts on “Fact Sheet: Binge Eating Disorder (BED)”

  1. im 16 years old and i think that i have an eating disorder. i think that i might be binge eating. i need advice. please help me. my parents dont no about this. i would appreciate it if that if you decide to try and help me, we could keep this to ourselves and not have to involve my parents. thank you very much:)

    1. Do you have a guidance counselor at school that you could talk to? Keep asking for help until you get it! And you might want to involve your parents. Maybe the counselor can give you advice on how to tell them and when. Be proactive in your recovery!

      1. Hey, I am 16 too and I have B.E.D. Telling your parents, or anybody can be absolutly terrifying. I know how you feel. But yesterday I just came out to my parents, and my guidance counselor, and I feel like a big weight has been lifted iff of my shoulders. It feel a sense of freedom not having to keep it a huge secret, and it feels AMAZING knowing that there are people out there that really want to help you. I know you can worm up the courage to atleast tell your guidance counselor, and maybe she can help you come clean to your parents. If you really want to get better you will realize what is best for you. If I could do it, you can do it. I believe in you. If you need to talk email me.

  2. Hi, I’m 13 years old and I think that I might have Binge Eating Disorder. While reading this, I thought the entire time that it sounds like me. I normally don’t eat breakfast and lunch but then once I get home, I eat a ton of food in an hour or less. Then later I would have dinner. Would that be considered BED?


    1. Kira:

      I’m not sure as I’m not a doctor. However, you can probably ask your guidance counselor at school. She will keep your conversation confidential. It takes a lot of guts to ask for help; don’t be ashamed!

      Also, try eating breakfast and lunch! It will make you feel so much healthier if you spread out your food over the entire day. You body is a machine and needs a steady flow of fuel to run properly 🙂


  3. I think I may have a eating disorder.. It may be binge. I show all the signs of it but I don’t think my parents would understand if I told them.. they don’t understand me at all really. I really need advice… Please.. I take my friends diet pills and I know that bad but I thought they would help.. I may need serious help.. Please I think I need help.

    1. If you visit NEDA’s (National Eating Disorder) website, they have links how you can get help. Speaking to someone at a hotline in confidentiality maybe exactly what you need.

  4. I think I have a eating disorder but I am too scared to talk to anyone about it…on the computer its different but when I try to do it face to face or even phone I just get scared and stop talking what should I do?

    1. Christine: Perhaps you can write out your concerns in a letter and give it to your guidance counselor at school?

  5. I have recovered from a number of different eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Complete recovery is possible! After facing a 10 year battle I now live with complete freedom and no obsession around food or my weight.
    If you would like more information you can read my story online and contact me through the site

  6. Hi I’m 13 and I’m not sure if I have BED. When I was 11 I was getting to a point where I was considered over weight. I started to loose weight by eating smaller portions and joining a local swim team, I lost 10 lbs in a little over a year. It was great, then when I reached the beginning of 8th grade I started to gain it all back (I did varsity as well as club swimming). I would try to diet but just end up eating until I fetl sick, I do this usually after dinner. I normally eat yogurt for breakfast and a healthy lunch. I know that swimming will make me hungry, but I just can’t seem to stop know. I’ve gained about 8lbs back and I feel like crying. Sometimes I would try to throw up, but I never could follow through with it.

      1. Thanks for being honest, I had a psreon whom I really cared for go though that and I did not understand, forget these idiot remarks , you seem to be getting it together. Please do not listen to idiots you have more to you than those fools ever will. You make life work for you do not? try and please others. Good Luck.

  7. I know what it’s like. Im a fully recovered binge eater after undergoing major weight gain and major depression for a two years. It’s especially hard because people assume that it’s all willpower; that if you are gaining weight you just don’t have enough self control. This is not true, and you have to believe it. You are not at fault, your ED is, and even though you may not look sick, you are just as sick as the anorexic. For a long time I had this misconception that life would be so much better if I were an anorexic instead of a binge eater. But since recovery, I have lost my appetite for weeks at a time (due to personal medication), and please believe me: not eating is just as bad as eating too much. THEY ARE BOTH LOSSES OF CONTROL.
    I beat my eating disorder SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY as I began to realize that you can never defeat your body. Genetics, no matter how hard you try to compensate and alter your behavior, are never going to budge. You are who you are, and you are only hurting yourself by trying to complete the most impossible task on earth: control the forces of nature. As I began to treat my heavier body with the utmost respect, by dressing it with care, embracing its shape and size, and by allowing it to do its own thing, everything fell into place. Now this happened over months, not days, but my body fell back into its natural form. It shed the extra pounds I was carrying, not because I was dieting, but because I was eating what I wanted, when I wanted, without giving it a second thought. It isnt natural for the body to take in massive ammounts of food at one time, and so my binges decreased in number and size day by day. I never starved myself nor kept myself from having a treat that I so desperately wanted, yet gradually I came to crave less and less. Whenerver you fell that you have overeaten, remember that your body is an amazing machine, and it will re-kilter itself in no time if you just continue eating as you need, WITHOUT COMPENSATING FOR THE EXCESS FOOD. For the first time in four years, I have maintained a healthy wight consistently for about five months. Let you body work its magic, and release all of the pressure and stress that just fuels your disorder. My best of wishes are with you, as I know that you are dealing with the biggest bitch from hell.

    All my love,


    PS. You may want to look into information about ADHD, as it is a very common trigger for binge eating in women. I never would have guessed that I am ADHD, but it is essential information when trying to understand your compulsive behaviors.

  8. i am 13 and i just heard about B.E.D reading a magizine and i have taken a few tests like quizes and i’m thinking i may have it. i’m slowly but surely gaining wait and i don’t eat breakfast alot nor do i eat alot for lunch just a bagle at the most. i constantly am ashamed of the amount of junk food i eat at home and i sneak food to. i hate my figur please give me advice.

  9. I am currently 13 years old and 5′ 3″. I weigh 190 pounds. My whole family has battled with obesity but my weight is more than just genetics at work. A few years ago i started binge eating uncontrollably and then crying about it afterwards. I cannot stop. At this point i’ve considered bullimia but my body wont let me throw it up. I know that i overeat because of how much i weigh, and its such a vicious cycle. I eat because im fat and then i get fatter. What should i do?

    1. Tenny:

      I am so sorry that you are going through that. I think you should read this post by my friend Angela. http://ohsheglows.com/2011/04/26/a-grain-of-salt/ Also, is there an adult you can reach out to at school, if not in your family? More people understand and can relate to this than you think! You can talk to a counselor at school and they will keep everything private.

  10. After reading this, I know for a fact that I am binge eating. I am 15 years old, and realized that I need to talk to someone. I don’t feel comfortable talking to my guidence counselor; and I know for a fact my parents would be judgmental about the situation. I don’t know what to do!

    1. Maybe you could check out a book about the subject from the library and help educate yourself?

  11. please please please help me beat dis eating disorder. Lst year i wnt on a diet and ended up losing 3 stones at 5ft 10 i weighed nly 8 stone..however after my parentz and friendz got involved i waz constanly made eat ..i put back on awl d weight and nw find myself with frequent binge eating..i have no control over myself and feel lyk im slowly wasten away ..i dnt kno hw i lost every bit of control over my eating my life is empty and the nly comfort i av is food..im 16 yrs old and my compulsive eating is destroying everything i have i cnt even study anymre as awl i wnt to do is binge..please advise me on anything i cud do 2 beat dis ..im in an endless cycle of stupid diet and unberable binging..i eat 2 the point that my body physically throws up..i cant do it anymore:(

    1. Ask for help again! Tell your parents you need to get back in therapy, ASAP, and be totally honest with your therapist.

  12. Hello. I am 14 years old and I think I am a binge eater. I always eat a lot of food. Once I get home from school and am alone at home I eat all I see. I am not able to stop. Last time I felt so ashamed afterwards that I tried throwing up but wasn’t able to. It scared me that I would actually try to throw up so I searched about binging and overeating. I always remember eating a lot and not stopping even though I feel full. I don’t want to tell my parents because I am supposed to be ‘dieting’. What can I do ?

    1. I think you should try to talk to a guidance counselor at school. They won’t tell your parents what you talk about and they will help you deal with these feelings! I spoke to my guidance counselor a lot when I was in school, and he helped me so much.

  13. I know for a fact I have BED. The first time I reached out to my parents they didn’t help me. I want help, but I am to embarrassed to get help. I do not want to see a psychologists, but I do. What should I do?

  14. Im a 13 yr old girl who struggled with bulimia for around a year. Eith the support of my mom I was able to stop, but now I’ve fallen back into my same habits again…I’m even MORE scared to tell my mom what is happening this time around because I don’t want her to feel like she failed me…what do I do?!?! Help!!!!

  15. P.S. I do have a counselor but it doesn’t seem to help, I don’t feel comfortable talking to them (I really really like them and they’ve helped me a lot but I still can’t bring myself to tell them!)

  16. I’m 15 and I don’t think, I know I have this disorder. I get pangs of anxiety and then I just lose control. I’ve been trying to lose weight for over 6 months now and my BED has just been getting worse. I’ve told my sister, my best friend and my mum, but all of them, as much as I love them, don’t seem to understand the pain I’m going through. Every day I feel so low, I literally hate everything about myself. I never used to feel like people thought I was fat, or think about food this much, but now, it’s just the only thing that ever enters my mind. I’m constantly stressed and anxious, and I’ve just lost all motivation to try and defeat it now. I cry almost everyday. I don’t want to speak to anyone at school, because I just feel like they won’t understand. No one else has. I don’t look sick or unhappy but on the inside I’m dying. I really really need help, I’ve had enough now, I’m exhausted of my eating disorder 🙁

  17. I’m 17 and I don’t know if I have an ed or not . I’m not obese but I could lose half a stone maybe ! My parents think my weight is fine but I’m so insecure and feel disgusting constantly ! At the start of the summer I started restricting and going for nearly 2 days without eating ! I did lose weight and kept most of it off but recently I just have not been able to control myself ! I binge on toast and other things and then I feel so guilty I try to purge but I can’t ! The past week iv eaten so much ! I just feel so ashamed and I don’t know what’s wrong with me ! Iv gained back some of the weight I lost and I’m afraid I’m going to keep gaining ! What should I do ? Please help me !

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