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- What is binge eating disorder?
- What are causes and risk factors for binge eating disorder?
- What are binge eating disorder symptoms and signs?
- How is binge eating disorder diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for binge eating disorder?
- What are complications and prognosis of binge eating disorder?
- Is it possible to prevent binge eating disorder?
- Where can people get help and more information on binge eating disorder?
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What are complications and prognosis of binge eating disorder?
People with binge eating disorder seem to be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure and other forms of heart disease, type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, some forms of cancer, and abnormal cholesterol levels (for example, high levels of total cholesterol and of so-called bad cholesterol types, plus low levels of good cholesterol) compared to similar-weight individuals without this eating disorder. The obesity that often results from binge eating disorder also puts sufferers at risk for problems like menstrual problems, and joint and muscle pain.
After about six years, a little more than half of individuals with binge eating disorder who have received intensive treatment have been found to have some significant resolution of symptoms, while about one-third have only intermediate outcome, about 6% have poor outcome, and 1% may die during that period of time. Eating disorders in general and binging behavior specifically can increase the likelihood that a person engages in self-injurious behaviors like cutting or experiences suicidal thoughts or actions. However, it is important to note that the prognosis of binge eating disorder seems to be quite changeable over time.
Is it possible to prevent binge eating disorder?
Teaching teens and adults about resisting societal pressure toward thinness, understanding what determines body weight, the negative effects of eating disorders, and encouraging good self-esteem, stress management, healthy weight control, and acceptance of their body have been found to be helpful in the prevention of eating disorders.
Where can people get help and more information on binge eating disorder?
Eating Disorders Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous (OA): OA World Service Organization
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