Obese people with binge eating disorder often have other psychological illnesses, too, including anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.
In addition, obesity is associated with cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
Usually appearing during adolescence or young adulthood, eating disorders can also develop during childhood or later in adulthood.
They are much more common among women and girls, but men and boys account for about 5 to 15 percent of those with anorexia or bulimia and about 35 percent of those with binge eating disorder.
Eating disorders commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders.
For those who have an anxiety disorder, a co-occurring eating disorder may make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult. An eating disorder is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape.
Other symptoms: Another category is "eating disorders not otherwise specified,” or EDNOS, which includes several variations of eating disorders.
Most of these disorders are similar to anorexia or bulimia but with slightly different characteristics. People with binge-eating disorder experience frequent episodes of out-of-control eating.
Anxiety and eating disorders may be treated at the same time and in the same manner.Even so, recovery from one disorder does not ensure recovery from another, so it is necessary to seek help for both.A well-established, highly effective, and lasting treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns.This binge-eating is followed by purging (vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics), fasting, or excessive exercise.People with bulimia usually weigh within a normal range, but like those who have anorexia, they fear gaining weight, wish to lose weight, and feel intensely dissatisfied with their bodies.