Although Binge Eating Disorder is not as well- known as anorexia and bulimia, it actually affects three times as many people as anorexia and bulimia combined, making it the most common eating disorder in the United States. For women, symptoms of BED often begin in late teens or early 20’s and for men, symptoms often start later.
A binge eating episode is characterized by eating an amount of food larger than most people would eat in a single sitting combined with a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating. Episodes of binge eating are also associated with eating more rapidly than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food when not feeling hungry, eating alone due to feeling embarrassed by how much is being eaten, and/or feeling depressed, disgusted or guilty afterward. Unlike other eating disorders, BED is not associated with unhealthy actions like fasting, excessive exercising, purging or laxative abuse to compensate for the binges. If left untreated, BED can lead to health risks such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, anxiety, and even depression.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. Qualified people participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you have experienced some or all of the symptoms described and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from BED who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).