Can a person die from binge eating?

Binge eating does kill people. Death in binge eaters is most commonly a result of associated vomiting, which causes large shifts in body chemistry that cause the heart to go into fatal rhythms. Even without induced vomiting, however, binge eating sometimes kills people by rupturing the stomach or causing an unusual kind of asphyxiation.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Binge eaters face long-term health risks, but their bodies can also suddenly simply give out. In this video, Dr. Oz shows disturbing autopsy photos that illustrate the deadly effect of a food binge.

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Eating Disorders

Anorexia, binge eating, bulimiathese are all eating disorders. Women are more likely than men to develop an eating disorder; very often, it starts in the teen years. If you know someone with an eating disorder, encourage them to g...

et helpas the disorder can cause serious physical problems, even be life-threatening. Depression and anxiety might be part of the picture as well. Be hopefulas psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, and medication treatment can help.

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