Binge-Eating Disorder Puts You At Risk For Over 40 Other Health Conditions

When people think of eating disorders, they typically imagine restrictive eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. So, it might come as a surprise to learn that binge-eating disorder (BED) is actually the most common eating disorder in the United States.

Binge-eating disorder is often ignored in the discussion about eating disorders, but it can have devastating effects on a person’s mental and physical health – as a new study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders shows.

The team of researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia Bulik, say binge-eating disorder can be linked to at least 44 negative health conditions, including increased risk of endocrine disorder, circulatory system disorder, and respiratory disease. Obese people with binge eating disorder were also 2.6 times more likely to have gastrointestinal disorder compared to healthy individuals.

“We encourage clinicians to ‘have the conversation’ about BED with their patients. Accurate screening and detection can bring BED out of the shadows and get people the treatment they deserve,” Bulik told Medical Xpress.

Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, often to the point of severe discomfort. Those who live with BED also may experience feelings of loss of control, shame, distress, or guilt during or following their binges. While some people who experience bulimia may binge, those with BED do not take compensatory steps such as purging to make up for their disordered eating.

In this study, the team of researchers examined health information collected from 9,350 people. Females made up the large majority (95%) of this group, and the average age was 29-years-old. The health diagnoses were determined by specially trained clinicians.

Using this data, the researchers concluded the following conditions are associated with binge-eating disorder:

Neurologic Diseases:

Headaches, migraine, epilepsy, sleep apnea

Infectious and Parasitic Diseases:

Colitis, gastroenteritis, viral infection, genital warts

Immune System Disorders:

Sarcoidosis, hyperimmunglobulin E (IgE)-syndrome

Respiratory Diseases:

Tonsillitis, acute respiratory infection, asthma

Gastrointestinal Disorders:

Gallstones, appendicitis, dyspepsia, gastritis

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders:

Dermatitis, hives, eczema, psoriasis

Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissues Diseases:

Lumbago (low back pain), joint pain, internal derangement of knee

Genitourinary System Disease:

Kidney inflammation, kidney stone, kidney infection, urinary tract infection, ureter stone

Circulatory System Diseases:

Hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrhythmia

Endocrine System Diseases:

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxicosis, autoimmune thyroiditis

Congenital Malformations:

Congenital non-neoplastic nevus, congenital malformation of the breast, prominent ear, congenital heart defect

Injury, Poisoning, and External Causes of Morbidity and Mortality (Excluding Suicide):

Fall-related accidents, concussion, sprain of ankle

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