Effects of Binge Eating Disorder on Compulsive Overeaters


Dangerous Physical Effects Facing Compulsive Overeaters

Over time, compulsive binge eating generally leads to obesity. Obesity is associated with a host of medical issues and the greater a person's body mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), the greater the risk of medical complications. For compulsive overeaters, these complications can include conditions leading to death.

Obesity-related health problems facing compulsive overeaters include:vii

Moreover, obesity often makes exercising more difficult, both physically and possibly psychologically, due to the compulsive overeater's negative emotions about their body image. A lack of exercise increases the likelihood of serious medical problems accompanying binge eating.

Other physical effects of binge eating disorder include:1,2,3

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Last Updated: 14 May 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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