Binge Eating Disorder Is On the Rise and Dangerous for the Health

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Most have heard about anorexia and bulimia. They are the two most popular eating disorders around the world. One that is rarely mentioned but is a real threat is Binge Eating Disorder (BED). It has come to light that most people with this disorder do not even realize they have it. The danger is that it is linked to a number of health risks, including type 2 diabetes.

Health reported in February that binging is just an acceptable cliché right now. Many have forgotten that there are psychological and emotional reasons for someone to reach for the big tubs of ice cream or full tray of donuts. A campaign by tennis legend Monica Seles back in February helped to highlight the issue.

An estimated 2.8 million men and women are affected by BED. Unlike bulimia, suffers will gorge but not purge to remove the excess calories. The disorder is also not linked to weight control, but to feeling the need to feed an emotional problem. It is one that is a running joke in many sitcoms or romantic comedies, where the girl binges on a tub of ice cream after a breakup.

It now turns out that those who do binge are putting their health at risk. The International Journal of Eating Disorders published a study that showed those suffering from BED and bulimia increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Patients over the age of 16 were considered before, during and after treatment to see how their health was affected. By the end of the study, one out of three BED patients was being treated for type 2 diabetes.

It is possibly due to the higher sugar intake in binge eaters, but nothing was officially declared to explain it. The researchers stated that the disturbed glucose metabolism may have contributed to the ongoing problem of the eating disorder.

Sources:

Health: http://news.health.com/2015/02/05/the-eating-disorder-many-women-dont-know-they-have/?xid=socialflow_facebook_health

Endocrinology Advisor: http://www.endocrinologyadvisor.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-bulimia-nervosa-binge-eating-disorder/article/434131/

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