Michael J. Devlin, MD
This article was published at www.annals.org on 28 June 2016.
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Devlin M.; Binge-Eating Disorder Comes of Age. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:445-446. doi: 10.7326/M16-1398
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(6):445-446.
Published at www.annals.org on 28 June 2016
With the publication of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), in 2013 (1), binge-eating disorder (BED) gained formal recognition as an eating disorder sufficiently well-defined and clinically relevant to merit its inclusion as a distinct behavioral disorder. Brownley and colleagues (2) expertly summarize the current evidence on BED treatment, including both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches developed during the decades since binge eating was first recognized as a clinically important eating behavior (3). In addition to providing important information on treatment for a newly defined disorder, the review implicitly raises some fundamental questions: What are we to make of this “new” diagnosis, a disorder that did not formally exist for many of us during our education and training as health care providers? Why is it coming to light now? How should we approach our practices and our patients to address it?
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