A new study finds obese men with binge eating disorder are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. The study finds that includes high blood pressure, elevated glucose and high cholesterol.
The new study defines binge eating disorder as the repeated consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time without some other compensatory activity, such as vomiting seen in bulimia. People with binge eating disorder also report feeling of a loss of control over their eating.
According to Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health, the study, examined 190 people (141 women and 49 men) who were seeking treatment for obesity and binge eating disorder in a primary care setting. Even after adjusting for race and body mass index, men were three times as likely to meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study group was comprised of people who sought help with their weight.
Overall, the study found few psychological differences between men and women with binge eating disorder, except that women were more likely than men to become overweight earlier and to attempt dieting earlier and men were more likely to say that they engaged in strenuous physical activity in an attempt to lose weight.
The study is published in General Hospital Psychiatry.