Binge Eating Disorder: Conversation Starter Guide

Think you may have binge eating disorder but not sure how to start the conversation with your health care professional? This guide aims to collect information about your symptoms that may make it easier to have a productive conversation.

The following questions are about your eating patterns and behaviours within the last 3 months. For each question, choose the answer that best applies to you. Then, use the button at the bottom of the screen to print your results. Alternatively, you can show your results on your mobile device during your visit to the doctor's office.

Note: This guide is not a diagnostic tool. Only your doctor can diagnose binge eating disorder.

Binge Eating Disorder Screener

During the last 3 months, did you have any episodes of excessive overeating (i.e., eating significantly more than what most people would eat in a similar period of time)?


Do you feel distressed about your episodes of excessive overeating?


Within the past 3 months, during your episodes of excessive overeating:

How often did you feel like you had no control over your eating (e.g., not being able to stop eating, feeling compelled to eat, or going back and forth for more food)?


How often did you continue eating even though you were not hungry?


How often were you embarrassed by how much you ate?


How often did you feel disgusted with yourself or guilty afterward?


During the last 3 months, how often did you make yourself vomit as a means to control your weight or shape?


History of binge eating

On average, how often do you binge eat?


How long have you been eating binging for?


Based on your answer, you do not need to talk to your doctor about binge eating order at the moment. However, if anything changes or if you have additional questions, you should refer to your doctor for more information.

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