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What is the Danger of Binge Eating?

written by: micsan07 • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 8/26/2010

Many may ask, "What is the danger of binge eating?" thinking that it's no big deal. The problem is when people are ignorant of the true nature of binge eating disorders and the very serious health conditions that can develop because of them.

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    What is the Danger of Binge Eating?

    One common question when the topic of binge eating comes up in a conversation is, "What is the danger of binge eating?"

    There are many health complications that can be caused by binge eating. The length of binge eating and severity of behaviors will often dictate the severity of any health complications that can ensue.

    While some binge eating disorder sufferers may be of normal weight, many become overweight or obese because of the disorder. Obesity brings with it health conditions like depression, heart disease or stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gall bladder disease, and liver disease.

    Binge eating disorder is treatable and getting treated sooner rather than later may help in reducing the risks of some of these medical conditions.

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    Unhealthy Weight

    Due to the constant binging, or overeating, binge eaters often are overweight or obese. The longer the binge eating behaviors continue, the higher the risk of becoming obese with all the complications that obesity brings. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are very real dangers for binge eating disorder sufferers. The weight gain also aggravates the feelings of depression and negative body image perceptions. It continues to feed the feelings of frustration, anger, guilt, and lack of self esteem that binge eating disorder sufferers deal with on a daily basis.

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    Depression

    Depression is a serious effect of binge eating disorders. It's a nasty cycle that constantly wears away any good feelings that the binge eater may have and promotes lack of self worth.

    Most binge eaters are very embarrassed about the way they eat and how much they put away at a sitting. Being out of control is a normal feeling that also contributes to depression and, at times, self loathing. Binge eaters generally do not think highly of themselves. It's very difficult to feel good about yourself when you are feeling depressed about your weight or your body image.

    Another behavior that is typical to binge eating disorder is self alienation from family and friends. This happens because the binge eater is embarrassed or ashamed to be seen eating such large quantities of food in one sitting. The out of control or compulsive eating is a hidden behavior that in itself also contributes to feelings of depression and lack of self worth or esteem.

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    Heart Disease and Other Medical Conditions

    As mentioned above, binge eaters take a very real risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other health conditions due to their binge eating behaviors.

    Binge eating is like a snowball that rolls downhill faster and faster and growing larger as it continues. A binger eater, because of their very habits and behaviors, start gaining weight as the unhealthy eating is unchecked. When obesity sets in, serious health complications like heart disease may start developing.

    Many health conditions, if unaddressed as they develop, may lead to other health complications and become the snowball rolling quickly downhill.

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    References

    Help Guide.org - Binge Eating Disorder: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/binge_eating_disorder.htm

    Mayo Clinic.com - Binge-Eating Disorder: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/binge-eating-disorder/DS00608