Women with an apple-shaped body are at higher risk for binge-eating, according to a new study. The findings come from Drexel University, where they found apple-shaped women – with more fat stored around their trunk and abdomen – experience a “loss of control” and partake in binge-eating episodes. These women were also more likely to report being unsatisfied with their bodies, which may also encourage the binge-eating. This is the first study to associate fat distribution and eating habits.
Lead author, Laura Berner, Ph.D., said, “Eating disorders that are detected early are much more likely to be successfully treated. Although existing eating disorder risk models comprehensively address psychological factors, we know of very few biologically-based factors that help us predict who may be more likely to develop eating disorder behaviors.”
She continued, “Our preliminary findings reveal that centralized fat distribution may be an important risk factor for the development of eating disturbance, specifically for loss-of-control eating. This suggests that targeting individuals who store more of their fat in the midsection and adapting psychological interventions to focus specifically on body fat distribution could be beneficial for preventing eating disorders.”
There is mounting evidence to support that loss-of-control is a significant element of binge-eating. Dr. Berner added, “This sense of loss of control is experienced across a range of eating disorder diagnoses: bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and the binge-eating/purging subtype of anorexia nervosa. We wanted to see if a measurable biological characteristic could help predict who goes on to develop this feeling, as research shows that individuals who feel this sense of loss of control over eating but don’t yet have an eating disorder are more likely to develop one.”
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