Binge Eating Research in Males, Significant Too

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Many eating-related disorders affect the general population, most especially the teenagers. Some of these eating-related disorders include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa or binge eating. Usually these disorders are mostly associated among the females because they are the one frequently anxious about their figure. This anxiety in turn is relieved through episodes of binge eating and purging. However, researches about these eating-disorders are often with underrepresented number of males, and the magnitude of the problem is just as important as to those of males and females, according to a new research.

Binge eating is a disorder characterized by eating a large amount of foods usually greater than 2000 calories in just one meal within a specific period of time. Individuals who suffer from this disorder may feel a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode. In addition, they usually feel these typical characteristics: eating more rapidly than usual, eating until uncomfortable, eating large amounts when not hungry, eating alone, and feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating, and afterwards they may feel the urge to purge themselves.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. It tackles about the equal impact of eating disorders between the males and females. Also the researchers found out that only very few of male population affected with this disorder would consider seeking medical treatment.

The study involves analysis and examination of about 21,743 males and 24, 608 females through the use of cross-sectional data. Also, the researchers have identified other health risk of the study participants such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, depression and impairment of work productivity. The researchers found out that out of the overall number of study participants, there are about 2,754 of females and 1,630 of males who were diagnosed of binge eating with at least 1 binge eating episode for the past month.

The results for both male and females were comparable, the impact of this disorder for both groups is just the same and it should be taken into account by other researches. Also, the research found out that binge eating has an effect over work productivity, calling for all the employers to consider this as a health problem which can affect their company.

The National Eating Disorders Association or NEDA said that The prevalence of BED is estimated to be approximately 1-5% of the general population. Binge eating disorder affects women slightly more often than men—estimates indicate that about 60% of people struggling with binge eating disorder are female, 40% are male (Smith et al., 1998).

Lead author Dr Ruth R. Striegel from Wesleyan University, Connecticut said in conclusion: “The underrepresentation of men in binge eating research does not reflect lower levels of impairment in men versus women.”  Widespread awareness regarding this matter should be known in order to give appropriate treatment both for the female and male populations.




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