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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredNot only do the excessive calories from binge eating make you gain weight, the sheer volume of the food can also wreak havoc on your stomach and intestines, and cause your body to stop working. Binge eating has been known to cause high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, heartburn, ulcers, and heart disease. Some extreme complications include stomach rupture, compression of important blood vessels, pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, and heart attacks. People have even died right after a severe binge.
There are no health consequences that have been directly linked with binge eating disorder alone. Obesity, and the consequences of obesity, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are the most commonly seen consequences. Generally, in people who experience binge eating disorder, there is a higher incidence of dissatisfaction with overall health and a perceived notion that they have more health problems. Oftentimes, there is also an increased incidence of psychiatric disorders; however, these are not caused by binge eating disorder but are a factor in why people develop the disorder in the first place.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Binge eating disorder causes obesity which is linked with some of the most prevalent and costly medical problems seen in daily practice. Obesity alone is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and early death. In combination with the metabolic syndrome, it further increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. In sum, obesity affects at least nine organ systems of the body.
Note that the psychosocial complications of obesity may be as significant as the physical health concerns. Obese people, particularly those with extreme obesity, may experience discrimination and other difficulties in the workplace or in personal relationships, leadingto poor self-esteem, social withdrawal, depression, and other mental health problems. In addition, obesity may lower the individual’s perception of general health, while comorbid disorders and their effect on physical function may lower morale.
Both psychosocial and other medical factors contribute to a decline in general health and quality of life. A continuum has been observed between mildly, moderately, and severely obese individuals, with quality of life worsening with increasing body weight and the number of acquired comorbid illnesses.
Riverside Health System answered
People with binge eating disorder are usually very upset by their binge eating and may become depressed. Research has shown that people with binge eating disorder report more health problems, stress, trouble sleeping, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder. People with binge eating disorder often feel badly about themselves and may miss work, school, or social activities to binge eat.
People with binge eating disorder may gain weight. Weight gain can lead to obesity, and obesity raises the risk for these health problems:Type 2 diabetes High blood pressure High cholesterol Gallbladder disease Heart disease Certain types of cancer
Obese people with binge eating disorder often have other mental health conditions, including:Anxiety Depression Personality disorders
This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.