The binge eating files


The binge eating files are the research pages of, and former site,

Welcome. The binge eating files (listed alphabetically on the left menu) were first created in 2008 to track information about binge eating disorder (BED) from reputable scientific studies reported by online media.  BED is one of the fastest growing weight-related eating disorders in the world. It is sometimes called compulsive eating, overeating, emotional eating or food addiction.

The binge-eating files, and are sponsored by, a provider of psychotherapy services in Toronto. At, a holistic approach is used to treat binge eating. The focus is on awareness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Recent research has shown that binge eating is more prevalent among the North American population than anorexia and bulimia combined.  As of May 2013, binge eating was officially listed as an eating disorder in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) after years of study. (Before this year, binge eating was formerly included in a group of unspecified eating disorders.)

The pages of the binge eating files were compiled for personal and professional reasons, out of a sense of love and service.

  • At the personal level, I started binge eating decades ago, around the age of eleven.  My recovery has been a long and untidy process.  Binge eating can be quite complex, especially when it develops in childhood.  Back in the 50s and 60s, the idea of being unable to control one’s eating simply did not exist in the public imagination.  And to a large extent, a judgmental attitude and stigma still prevails.  The public often condemns and misunderstands binge eating behavior and symptoms.  So issues related to overeating, obesity, bulimia and anorexia tend to be severe and sensationalized.  However, over the last few decades, science has been catching up to the reality that exists for thousands of people.
  • As a professional psychotherapist, I now specialize in treating clients with eating disorders.  I focus on   people who struggle with eating related issues, especially those with a strong binge eating component,  In 2008, I got interested in the growing body of scientific information available online, and began saving web links. I soon realized that this compilation might benefit others.

The binge eating files are intended to inform those who seek help and those who provide it. People in the wellness community who deal with the physical body might find help in the binge eating files. This would include family doctors, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists. Those who focus more on psychological and emotional concerns might also be interested.  In short, pages in the binge eating files are for anyone likely to encounter someone who binge eats.

Articles and studies in the binge eating files are presented by date published.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, or if you encounter a link that is out of date, please let me know via the contact form, or email me at