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Binge-Eating Disorder Linked to Other Illnesses

Binge-Eating Disorder Linked to Other Illnesses

Emerging research suggests binge-eating disorder (BED) may be associated with a variety of other illnesses.

Specifically, investigators discovered the disorder is often linked to disturbances related to the endocrine and circulatory systems.

Researchers discovered individuals with BED had a 2.5-times increased risk of also having an endocrine disorder and a 1.9-times increased risk of having a circulatory system disorder.

Among individuals with BED, those who were also obese had a 1.5 times increased risk of having a respiratory disease and a 2.6 times increased risk of having a gastrointestinal disease than those who were not obese.

Researchers hope that the findings may help improve detection of BED and improve the health of affected individuals.

“We encourage clinicians to ‘have the conversation’ about BED with their patients. Accurate screening and detection can bring BED out of the shadows and get people the treatment they deserve,” said Dr. Cynthia Bulik.

Bulik is senior author of the study, which appears in theĀ International Journal of Eating Disorders.

“BED afflicts people of all shapes and sizes. The somatic illnesses that we detected were not simply effects of being overweight or obese,” she added.

Source: Wiley/EurekAlert

Binge-Eating Disorder Linked to Other Illnesses

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Binge-Eating Disorder Linked to Other Illnesses. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from
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