Binge Eating Disorder (cont.)

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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, type II diabetes, and abnormal cholesterol levels compared to similar-weight individuals without this eating disorder.

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. However, it is important to note that the prognosis of binge eating disorder seems to be quite changeable over time.

Can binge eating disorder be prevented?

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 more information on binge eating disorder?

Eating Disorders Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous (OA): OA World Service Organization

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology


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