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Binge Eating: Diagnosing and Treating a Secret Disorder

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Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the activity is psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with binge eating disorder (BED).

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Assess the etiology, risk factors, and comorbidities associated with binge eating disorder and their relation to weight gain and obesity.
  • Apply evidence-based diagnostic criteria to differentially diagnose binge eating disorder.
  • Incorporate the use of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, and pharmacotherapy as needed, for the safe and effective treatment of binge eating disorder.


Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by insatiable food cravings that can occur at any time of the day or night. Binging is often rooted in poor body image, use of food to deal with stress, low self-esteem, and tied to dysfunctional thoughts. With the association of BED and obesity, this disorder has become a major public health issue that presents both medical and psychiatric issues, impairing patients’ quality of life. Although the prevalence of this disorder is increasing, awareness is lacking. A closer look at its prevalence, as well as screening and treatment options, is needed. Health care providers who manage these patients need additional education to improve their awareness and treatment of this condition.


Assessing Etiology, Risk Factors, Diagnostic Criteria, and Comorbidities
Carlos M. Grilo, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology
Director, Program for Obesity Weight, and Eating Research (POWER)
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Examining Options for Treatment
Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY


Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

How to Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, watch the videos, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. For part 1, a satisfactory score is defined as answering 66% (2 out of 3) of the posttest questions correctly. For part 2, a satisfactory score is defined as answering 75% (3 out of 4) of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, (0.25 per video). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, June 29, 2018 to June 29, 2019.


Susan G. Kornstein, MD


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears above.

Faculty members report the following relationship(s):

Carlos M. Grilo, PhD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Royalty: Springer, UpToDate (reviewer), Wiley (Editor-In-Chief, International Journal of Clinical Practice)
Consulting Fee: Acadia, Alkermes, Allergan, Intra-Cellular Therapeutics, Janssen, Lundbeck, Merck, Neurocrine, Noven, Otsuka, Pfizer, Shire, Sunovion, Takeda, Teva, Vanda
Speakers Bureau: Acadia, Alkermes, Allergan, Janssen, Lundbeck, Merck, Neurocrine, Otsuka, Pfizer, Shire, Sunovion, Takeda, Teva, Vanda
Ownership Interest (small number of shares of common stock): Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer

Reviewer reports the following relationship(s):

Susan G. Kornstein, MD
Royalty: Guilford Press
Consulting Fee: Alkermes, AMAG, Lily, Marinus, Pfizer
Contracted Research (paid to institution): Marinus, Palatin, Pfizer, Takeda

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s):

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

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