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Prevalence and Incidence of Binge eating disorder

Prevalance of Binge eating disorder:

0.7% to 4% of the general population (NWHIC); 2-5% of adults (NIMH); 2% of adults (NIDDK); 2% adults or 1-2 million adults (NWHIC) ... see also overview of Binge eating disorder.

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 142 or 0.70% or 1.9 million people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "0.7% to 4% of the general population (NWHIC); 2-5% of adults (NIMH); 2% of adults (NIDDK); 2% adults or 1-2 million adults (NWHIC)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Prevalance of Binge eating disorder:

About 2 percent of all adults in the United States (as many as 4 million Americans) have binge eating disorder. About 10 to 15 percent of people who are mildly obese and who try to lose weight on their own or through commercial weight-loss programs have binge eating disorder. The disorder is even more common in people who are severely obese. (Source: excerpt from Binge Eating Disorder: NIDDK) ... Binge eating disorder probably affects 2 percent of all adults, or about 1 million to 2 million Americans. (Source: excerpt from Binge Eating Disorder: NWHIC) ... Community surveys have estimated that between 2 percent and 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder in a 6-month period. (Source: excerpt from Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH)

Prevelance of Binge eating disorder discussion:

Binge Eating Disorder: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Although it has only recently been recognized as a distinct condition, binge eating disorder is probably the most common eating disorder. Most people with binge eating disorder are obese (more than 20 percent above a healthy body weight), but normal-weight people also can be affected. Binge eating disorder probably affects 2 percent of all adults, or about 1 million to 2 million Americans. Among adolescent and young adult women of America, as much as 4 percent suffer from binge-eating disorder. Recent research shows about 30 percent of people participating in medically supervised eating disorder programs suffer from binge eating. (Source: excerpt from Binge Eating Disorder: NWHIC)

Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Some researchers believe that BED is the most common eating disorder, affecting 15% - 50% of participants in weight control programs. In these programs, women are more likely to have BED than males. Current findings suggest that BED affects 0.7% - 4% of the general population. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Binge eating disorder usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Binge eating disorder at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Binge eating disorder refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Binge eating disorder diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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