Medical Complications of Binge Eating Disorder

Psychiatric Clinics of North America
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder and is accompanied by multiple medical comorbidities, many of which are associated with obesity-related diseases. However, the BED itself is likely to confer additional risk factors. BED presents with medical symptoms in virtually every body system and can have devastating consequences on both quality and length of life. This review covers the major comorbidities of BED and highlights areas of ongoing research in this disorder.

Written by

Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Philip S. Mehler began his career at Denver Health more than 35 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine and then Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) until he was promoted…

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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