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Binge eating disorder isn’t just about scoffing a few too many biscuits now and then. It’s a mental disorder that’s most common among the middle-aged. So how do you know when occasional overeating is tipping over into something serious?

❛It’s estimated that binge eating disorder accounts for nearly half of all eating disorder cases❜

WHEN WE CONSIDER eating disorders we usually think of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, which are both typically associated with teenagers and young adults. But there’s another disorder that’s under-reported and little understood, despite being more common than anorexia, called binge eating disorder (BED).

According to a report from eating disorder charity Beat, it’s estimated that around 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. Just under half of these people suffer with BED and the other half with bulimia (anorexia accounts for just under 1% of eating disorder sufferers). Yet it’s only in the past few years that BED has been recognised as a disorder in its own right.

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Give your lunchbox a makeover this month with our 35 ideas for healthy eating at work. We shine the spotlight on sugar and give you easy everyday ways to cut down, and explore the lesser-known eating disorder of binge eating. Plus, discover our nutrition guide to non-dairy milks and cook your way through Mary Berry's healthier Sunday lunch. All in September's Healthy Food Guide magazine.