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Facing the Health Risks of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Part of the Overcoming Binge Eating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you suffer from binge eating disorder, if you compulsively overeat, or if you eat as a reaction to emotional turmoil, your eating habits can lead to short- and long-term health risks.

Short-term risks include:

  • Joint/body aches and pain

  • Insomnia

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Physical discomfort when moving around

  • Digestive upset such as nausea, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and/or constipation

  • Acid reflux or heartburn

  • Depression and other mood disregulation

  • Frequent headaches

  • Hypoglycemia leading to pre-diabetes

In the long run, disordered overeating may lead to:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Chronically high blood pressure and/or stroke

  • High cholesterol and other blood lipid levels

  • Gallbladder disease or gallstones

  • Heart disease of many different kinds

  • Certain types of cancers including cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum, and prostate

  • Menstrual problems/possible infertility

  • Decreased mobility, joint pain, and/or swelling

  • Herniated discs

  • Arthritis/osteoarthritis

  • Gout

  • Poor wound healing

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Fatigue/other sleep difficulties

  • Sleep apnea or other serious breathing difficulties

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