Binge eating disorder:
An evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment

The presentation will provide an overview of binge-eating disorder, its various presentations and comorbidities, and evidence-based approaches to treatment. It is designed to give clinicians up-to-date information on the disorder, leading edge research on its treatment, and ways to both identify patients and engage them in treatment. The importance of early detection and the challenges of engaging patients in treatment in a diet-obsessed and weight stigmatizing culture will be discussed. Case studies will be used to characterize the disorder and vignettes will help illustrate the use of evidence-based treatment in the management of binge-eating disorder. 

Educational Objectives:

1.      Identify warning signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder.

2.      Describe various evidence-based treatment options for binge-eating disorder.

3.      Discuss the challenges involved in identifying binge-eating disorder and engaging patients in evidence-based treatment.

4.      Review specific techniques and interventions that can be used in treating patients with binge-eating disorder.

Expected Outcome:

1.      Participants will be able to describe warning signs and symptoms characteristic of binge-eating disorder and how they are distinct (or overlapping) with other forms of eating pathology. 

2.      Participants will be able to describe the various treatments available for binge-eating disorder, based on the results of a large systematic review and meta-analysis.

3.      Participants will be able to describe existing barriers to identifying individuals with binge-eating disorder and those that may impede efficacious treatment.

4.      Participants will be able to identify specific psychological interventions that can be used in treating patients with binge-eating disorder.