Medical Complications of Binge Eating Disorder

Current Women`s Health Reviews
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Background: Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most prevalent eating disorder across all age groups.

Objectives & Results: Estimates are that it is more common than anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Unfortunately, there are numerous psychiatric and medical co-morbidities associated with BED which will exert a heavy toll on health care expenditures. However, too often, BED and its relative medical co-morbidities are underdiagnosed by primary care physicians.

Conclusion: The relationships between BED, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, the Metabolic Syndrome components and other medical complications are reviewed here in order to increase awareness of this increasingly common eating 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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