Binge eating in Men – New York Times

There is an interesting article on today’s health section of the New York Times. You may have to subscribe to see the whole article. The subscription is free.

Here are some details of this story:

  • Binge eating is a pattern of continuous eating where an excessive amount of food is eaten uncontrollably.
  • One may eat two, three , four hamburgers in one sitting for example.
  • There are numerous reasons’ why men binge; stress, happiness sadness, boredom, etc.
  • The basic reason binge eating occurs is because it just feels so good – like a drug.
  • Anorexia and bulimia are other eating disorders that mostly affect women. Binge eating however, affects both sexes equally.
  • While women typically seek help for this disorder, men don’t.
  • Binge eating leads to other disorders like metabolic syndrome, hypertension, a big waist size compared to  hips – all of which lead to prostate cancer and prostate cancer recurrence, enlarged prostate and heart disease.

A Great book on one man’s struggle with binge eating:  Good Eater: The True Story of One Man’s Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder – By Ron Saxen

Bottom line: Binge eating needs to be addressed. It leads to other conditions that often cause premature mortality.



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