As to the issue of consequences or potential risks associated with Binge Eating, a recent article in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences reveals binge eaters have up to a fourfold increase in being unable to perform “normal daily activities” – sometimes referred to as ADLs [activities of daily living]. These can include proper hygiene, preparing meals, gainful employment, and maintaining their living space. Although specific statistics are currently in the process of being compiled, it is evident the incidence of clinical depression, suicide, premature death, numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are significantly greater among those suffering with BED. Suffice it to say, BED has as great an impact on the quality of life as do its cousins, anorexia and bulimia.
In terms of incidence, in comparison to other eating disorders, the study found BED to be more than twice as common as Bulimia, not only in the United States, but in other countries included in the research such as Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and several other countries. I suspect the incidence of BED is also significantly higher in men in comparison to Bulimia as well.
The study source is the Harvard Medical School.