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Men Much More Likely To Suffer Serious Health Consequences Of Binge Eating

September 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Yale University study involving 190 people – 26 percent of whom were men – who had sought treatment for obesity and binge eating disorder found that men are much more likely to suffer serious health consequences than women. Binge eating disorder involves repeatedly eating large amounts of food in a short time without any compensating activity, like the vomiting associated with bulimia. After adjusting for race and body mass index, men in the study were three times more likely than the women to meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tomoko Udo et al., "Sex differences in biopsychosocial correlates of binge eating disorder: a study of treatment-seeking obese adults in primary care setting", General Hospital Psychiatry, September 17, 2013, © Elsevier Inc.
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