Medical Complications of Compulsive Overeating

Compulsive overeating disorder increases the risk of serious health problems including:

  • Diabetes.
  • Gallbladder disease.
  • Shortness of breath, heart disease, heart arrhythmias, angina and heart attack.
  • High blood cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure which if not treated can cause blood vessel changes in the back of the eye creating vision impairment, abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, kidney failure and brain damage.
  • Oesophageal or gastric rupture is a direct consequence of compulsive overeating. The strain of overeating may rupture the oesophageal or gastric lining, causing a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment.
  • Malnutrition, which can cause severe health risks including respiratory infections, kidney failure, blindness, heart attack and death.
  • Oedema – swelling of the soft tissues as a result of excess water accumulation. It is most common in the legs and feet of compulsive overeaters.
  • Peptic Ulcer, aggravated or made more severe by increased stomach acids, cigarette smoking, and high consumption of caffeine or alcohol.
  • Stomach cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, or incontinence.
  • Mobility problems and arthritis.