Washington: Binge-eating disorder is associated with substantial lifelong impairments comparable to those of bulimia nervosa, a new study has revealed.
The study by World Health Organization based on community epidemiological surveys conducted in 12 nations worldwide, found that binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa both typically arose during adolescence and were associated with a range of later-onset mental disorder, including depression and anxiety disorders, and physical disorders, such as musculoskeletal disorders and diabetes.
The researchers concluded that the adverse effects of binge-eating disorder and bulimia on subsequent functioning were largely the result of these later-onset comorbidities.
This finding, the researchers said, raises the possibility that expanded efforts at early detection and treatment of eating disorders during the vulnerable school years might help prevent the onset of subsequent mental and physical disorders and impairments associated with these disorders.
The study was based on community surveys in 12 countries. Researchers interviewed a total of 22,635 adult respondents.
The study is published in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.