J Obes Metab Syndr.  2021 Jun;30(2):184-187. 10.7570/jomes20096.

Obesogenic Behavior and Binge Eating Disorder in an Elderly Female with Schizophrenia

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, India


Eating disorders, like binge eating, have a strong association with schizophrenia. Illness characteristics like disordered eating, cognition, and behavior can lead to eating disorders. Previous research highlighted the neurobiological structural similarity and the role of hormonal factors, like hypocretin, in the etiology of eating disorders in schizophrenia. Modifying the obesogenic environment by adapting healthy eating styles has been effective in reducing binging episodes. Antipsychotic medications also have a role in altering eating patterns that result in binge eating disorder. Adolescents with psychosis have a higher incidence of eating disorders. Here, we present an elderly female with schizophrenia who had obesogenic behaviors along with binge eating disorder. Interestingly, the patient had atypical age of onset and presentation and no psychopathological symptoms as a reason for binging.


Obesity; Schizophrenia; Binge-eating disorder; Serotonin reuptake inhibitors
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