Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2017

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Karen Macauley, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC


Purpose: This project was anticipated to demonstrate an increase in the number of those diagnosed with BED according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5 criteria, diagnosed with ICD-10 code F50.8 or R63.2 and treated according to best practice guidelines.

Background: Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, more than both anorexia and bulimia combined. It affects 3.5 percent of women, 2 percent of men and 30 percent of those seeking weight management.

Design: This evidenced-based project consisted of a retrospective analysis of 150 patients seen in a weight management clinic setting since implementing the ICD-10 coding system 02/09/16.

Findings: Results demonstrated the prevalence of BED in this weight management center was 27.5%, 44% were diagnosed with an ICD 10 code, and approximately 20% were provided with evidence based treatments.

Clinical Implications: Understanding the prevalence of BED demonstrates the need for increased screening methods to optimize the likelihood patients obtain empirically supported treatment.