Compulsive Eating Disorder
Health ConsequencesPeople with compulsive eating disorder are usually very upset by their binge eating and may become depressed. Research has shown that people with compulsive eating disorder report more health problems, stress, trouble sleeping, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder. People with compulsive eating disorder often feel bad about themselves and may miss work, school, or social activities to binge eat.
People with compulsive eating disorder may gain weight. Weight gain can lead to obesity, and obesity puts people at risk for many health problems, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer.
Most people who binge eat, whether they are obese or not, feel ashamed and try to hide their problem. Often, they become so good at hiding it that even close friends and family members do not know they binge eat.
Many people with compulsive eating disorder are obese and have health problems because of their weight. They should try to lose weight and keep it off; however, research shows that long-term weight loss is more likely when a person has long-term control over his or her binge eating.
People with compulsive eating disorder who are obese may benefit from a weight-loss program that also offers treatment for eating disorders. However, some people with compulsive eating disorder may do just as well in a standard weight-loss program as people who do not binge eat.
People who are not overweight should avoid trying to lose weight, because it sometimes makes their binge eating worse.