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