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Health Consequences

Binge eating disorder has a significant impact on the physical, as well as the emotional, health of the person affected.

Health consequences may include

  • Digestive problems such as bloating, stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Malnutrition because of the quality of foods consumed (high in fats and sugars, but lacking in vitamins in minerals)
  • Where significant weight gain occurs, related health consequences may include:
    1. High blood pressure
    2. High cholesterol levels
    3. Heart disease
    4. Diabetes
    5. Gallbladder disease

Most physical symptoms can be reversed with weight loss and normalisation of a balanced diet and eating habits.

Binge eating disorder is a serious mental health condition. Obesity is a weight classification – a symptom – which may occur as a result of binge eating disorder. While many of the health consequences associated with binge eating disorder are directly related to obesity, it is important to maintain a distinction between this symptom and the disorder itself.