Obese Men in Love with Food are at Health Risk

By  , Agency News
Sep 23, 2013
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  • Binge eating is repeated consumption of something in large quantities.
  • People affected by this disorder have no control over eating habits.
  • Men are three times as likely to fall sick due to metabolic syndrome.
  • It results in high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.

obese man binge eatingA new study says that those men who are obese and binge eat are more likely to have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure that female counterparts. Binge eating means the repeated consumption of something in large quantities in a short period of time, and those who are affected by this binge eating disorder claim to have a loss of control over their eating habits.

Tomoko Udo, who is the associate research scientist in psychiatry at Yale University and also the lead author of the study, mentioned, "People used to think binge eating was less common in men than women.”

The study involved 190 people out of which 141 were women and 49 were men who were seeking for obesity and binge eating disorder in a primary care setting. Then after adjusting the race and body mass index it was found that men were three times as likely to meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome. This condition increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The study concluded that there are a few psychological differences between men and women who suffer from binge eating disorder. The only exception being that, women were found to be more likely than men to become overweight earlier and to attempt at a diet.

The study was published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

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