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UAlbany: Binge-eating Disorder Associated with Lower Physical Activity Levels

A study conducted by University at Albany School of Public Health’s Dr. Tomoko Udo in collaboration with Yale University’s Dr. Grilo attempted to answer the question, “what is the possible impact of binge-eating disorder (BED) on physical activity and health beyond obesity?”

The study included 22,801 adults from the U.S. who answered questions about weight, BED symptoms, physical activity, and health conditions via computer-assisted face-to-face personal interviews for the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III.

The study found that respondents with obesity were less physically active than those with a healthy weight, particularly when they reported comorbid BED. Comorbid obesity and BED was associated with poorer physical and mental health relative to respondents in the healthy weight or obesity without BED groups. There was also a positive relationship between physical activity (intensity and duration) and physical health, particularly in respondents with obesity without BED.

Since physical activity has many health benefits in addition to weight loss, these findings show that it is important to screen for BED in addition to obesity status, as well as to promote physical activity among individuals with obesity and BED to improve their health.

Full study results can be found in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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