People with binge-eating disorder don’t enjoy eating to excess. Most are upset and distressed about their behavior and may develop depression and other health problems. Some people may believe that those with binge-eating disorder have fewer health risks than do those with anorexia or bulimia, but that’s not necessarily true. People with binge-eating disorder face a host of medical complications.

Some of the complications can arise from being overweight as a result of frequent bingeing. Other complications may occur because of unhealthy yo-yo eating habits — binges followed by periods of calorie restriction. In addition, food consumed during a binge is often high in fat and low in protein and other nutrients, which could lead to malnourishment.

Physical complications of binge-eating disorder include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Headache
  • Sleep apnea

In addition, people with binge-eating disorder are at higher risk of other health issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Sleeping problems
  • Substance abuse

People with binge-eating disorder may find their health problems worsened by lack of exercise. But with a poor body image, they may be reluctant to exercise, especially in public.

Source: Healthygenius

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