Binge Eating Effects

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There are a number of physical and emotional binge eating effects. Some of these may include:

  • Not getting enough vitamins and other nutrients – Often the food that is eaten during a binge is high in fat and sugar and low in important nutrients. This may lead to other health difficulties.
  • Depression may occur as the bingeing increases feelings of guilt, anger, and sadness.

It is not uncommon for people who have binge eating disorder to be overweight or obese, although it is also possible for people to be within their healthy weight range.

Being obese may contribute to the onset of:

  • Diabetes
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Various forms of cancer
  • Bone and joint problems

Physiological

  • Weight-related hypertension or fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

Behavioral

  • Bingeing
  • Restriction of activities because of embarrassment about weight
  • Going from one diet to the next
  • Eating small amounts in public while maintaining a high weight

Attitude Shifts

  • Feeling about self based on weight and control of eating
  • Fantasizing about being thin
  • Depression
  • Guilt / shame

From Surviving an Eating Disorder. Siegel. M. et al (1988). Harper and Row and from American Anorexia Bulimia Association, Facts on Eating Disorders.

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