14. Binge Eating and Metabolic Syndrome

  1. Tahira Farooqui and
  2. Akhlaq A. Farooqui
  1. Ignacio Jáuregui-Lobera

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118395318.ch14

Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders

Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders

How to Cite

Jáuregui-Lobera, I. (2013) Binge Eating and Metabolic Syndrome, in Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders (eds T. Farooqui and A. A. Farooqui), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118395318.ch14

Author Information

  1. Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Engineering (Nutrition and Bromatology), Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118395271

Online ISBN: 9781118395318



  • binge eating disorder (BED);
  • dieting;
  • energy consumption;
  • energy intake;
  • metabolic syndrome (MetS);
  • overweight


Some eating patterns and behaviors seem to be associated with metabolic disturbances and those patterns and behaviors are, to some extent, frequent in pathologies such as binge eating disorder (BED). It must be noted that binge episodes are usually associated with increased fasting glucose levels, increased insulin secretion, increased serum lipids, and decreased glucose tolerance. In addition, other patterns (e.g., eating quickly, irregular meal patterns) are also associated with different metabolic consequences (higher waist-hip circumference ratio, fatty liver, and so on). This chapter review the literature on this field of study in order to improve the understanding of the relationship between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and BED. The most usual sequential pattern seems to be overweight first, subsequent dieting, followed by the emergence of binge eating behavior. In the longer term, overweight and obesity are due to a chronic imbalance between energy intake and energy consumption.