Thursday, February 15, 2007

Normal binge eaters v.s. obese binge eaters

The majority of people with binge eating disorder are overweight. But it doesn’t mean that people of normal weight can’t suffer from this disease. But there’s a rule: those binge eaters who are corpulent often become obese at a younger age in comparison with binge eaters of normal weight. Overweight binge eaters also lose and gain back weight more often.

Let’s turn to the statistics. About two percent of all adults Americans, what makes about four million people, suffer from binge eating disorder. It is more common in women (about 3 women for every 2 men). About ten to fifteen percent of people who are moderately obese and who try to lose weight on their own have this disorder. To say nothing of those who are severely obese – about 40 to 50 percent of them are binge eaters.

Thus, according to the type of binge eaters we may also distribute the consequences and complications into various groups. For the sake of simplicity and intelligibility we will distinguish between two groups: normal and obese binge eating. What is typical of the first group of complications is also typical of the second one, but it is not necessarily vice versa. Apart from all those psychological complications (such as depression, lack of control, general reluctance, feeling of inferiority and shame) obese binge eaters, as a matter of fact, also have serious problems with digestion, blood circulatory system, metabolism, heartwork, etc. In other words, in case of obese binge eaters physiological complications of binge eating disorder is much more apparent.

Well, they also may have gallbladder and heart disease. Also there’s a great risk of cancer. Moreover, they may not get the necessary amount of nutrients as fatty and sugary food that they usually send in their throats doesn’t contain significant vitamins and minerals. And its like a chain reaction, as this pattern of eating may lead to avitaminosis and diabetes; then it comes to high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And what comes next?

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