Recent binge eating statistics show that it’s a lot more common than most people realise. Binge eating disorder (BED) is actually the most common eating disorder in the USA, affecting an estimated 2.8 million people. In Australia, binge eating accounts for 47% of the 900,000 eating disorders. So, we put together a handy infographic that breaks down these facts along with other interesting binge eating statistics… Feel free to share it with anyone you think might benefit.
Binge Eating Statistics – Prevalence
There were several binge eating statistics that jumped out on this list. Firstly, the prevalence was quite surprising. Binge eating is more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia, yet many people are unfamiliar with it. Another interesting prevalence fact is the gender split. Unlike Anorexia or Bulimia which are predominantly experienced by females, the incidence of binge eating disorder in males and females is almost equal.
Binge Eating Statistics – Treatment
It’s thought that only 3% of adults with BED are receiving medical treatment to address it. This means that a huge 97% of binge eating sufferers are not getting the help they need to beat it.
In terms of treatment options, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is frequently used. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that it is an effective treatment for binge eating. Up to 80% of patients who receive CBT stop binge eating for the long-term (i.e. over a year).
Mindfulness meditation is another treatment technique that effectively decreases binge eating and emotional eating. Other benefits of mindfulness include:
- Lower stress
- Better sleep
- Decreases risk of depression
- Feel less lonely
- Protects the brain
- Better grades
This is why we incorporate both cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness meditations into our Beat the Binge Online Program. It’ll teach you how to regain control over your impulsive eating behaviours and manage them over the long-term. With video lessons, practical activities, and printable worksheets, you’ll receive all the support and knowledge you need. Learn more here.