Binge- eating disorder is destructive for both men as well as women, suggests a new study done at the Wesleyan University.
The study was conducted on 21,700 men and 24,600 women who participated health risk self assessment screening. The participants were analysed for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, high cholesterol and impairment in work productivity.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, on an average one to five percent of adults in America suffer from binge- eating disorder. 40 percent of the entire binge- eating sufferers are male. Till now, women are main focus of binge eating researches. Therefore there is no clear understanding on how binge-eating affects men. In this scenario, study conducted by Ruth Striegal holds great importance as it analyse both male and females.
The findings of study were published in the International Journal of Eating wherein, researchers found that 46,351 people experienced at least one binge- eating episode in the past month. The group that reported binge eating include 1,630 men and 2,754 women. Binge eating was also found to have an effect on mental health of both men as well as women.
Results also revealed that binge eating have negative influence on the work productivity. Therefore, it is important for employers to recognise binge eating behaviour of their employees, recommends the researcher. He further suggests that men should not be left behind.
Since now, eating disorders are seen as ‘female’ disease, this is simply because of lack of studies. In reality men equally suffer from binge eating but they are less likely to seek treatment.
According to Striegel, main researcher of the study, it is essential to raise awareness about clinical implications for binge-eating in men. This will help men to seek appropriate screening and treatment.
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