Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating (eating a large amount of food accompanied by a feeling of loss of control) and a feeling of shame or self-disgust as a result of the binge eating. Emotional eating and compulsive eating share many similar traits to binge eating, such as eating when not hungry or eating in secret. Binge eating disorder can affect people of all ages, races/ethnicities, and both males and females. The research on BED points clearly to the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as the first-line treatment, as well as Interpersonal Psychotherapy as an alternative if CBT is not helping.