6 Health Conditions Related to Binge Eating Disorder

Amy Hendel | May 20th 2015 Sep 18th 2017

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Understanding binge eating disorder

Do you consume large quantities of food in a short period of time?  Eat non-stop for hours?  Eat way past the point of fullness?  Eat large portions of food when you’re not hungry? These can all be signs of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Here is how this condition can raise your risk for other serious health issues.

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Obesity

BED is likely to result in obesity since it’s nearly impossible to counterbalance binging with calorie restriction or exercise.   During a binge you’re likely consuming hundreds or thousands of calories.  Foods consumed are often high in sodium, fat, or added sugars.

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Hypertension

Hypertension is uniquely associated with BED.  It is also commonly found in BED patients who are obese.  Hypertension is called the silent killer because you may not have obvious symptoms.  Hypertension often leads to heart disease.

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GERD

GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.  The stomach has a protective lining but the esophagus does not, so esophageal erosions and ulcers occur. GERD is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.  GERD causes varying levels of discomfort from the acid.  Consuming large amounts of food at bedtime can instigate nighttime GERD, and lead to sleep problems.

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Gallstones

Gallstone (acute cholysystitis) risk is commonly associated with binge eating disease because of the frequent large amounts of food being consumed.  Binging stimulates constant bile production, and when the bile becomes concentrated it can form gallstones.

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Fertility issues

Fertility issues are common in BED, especially if you become obese.  Obesity can disrupt regular menstruation and make it difficult for you to conceive.