Pregnancy may open a window of vulnerability for developing binge eating disorder, especially for women from lower socio-economic situations, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and colleagues in Norway.
In a long-term study of 100,000 pregnant Norwegian women, the researchers saw an unexpected increase in new incidences of binge eating disorder that began during pregnancy. The research is the largest population-based study of eating disorders during pregnancy.
Previously, small clinical studies had suggested that often eating disorders go into remission during pregnancy, just as some pregnant women spontaneously quit smoking cigarettes.
OK. We applaud this study because they had a sample size of 100,000. That’s impressive. Other than that we don’t have much to say. We’re basically numb to hearing new, weird things about pregnancy. All we can say is that hormones are weird. This study validates the thought that a major part of our personality is chemically driven. In the words of Seth Rogen ‘Fuck you, hormones.’ That’s probably a little harsh. Hormones help mothers do incredible things, whether it’s lifting a tractor or producing milk, they’re pretty important. Maybe we’ll call it a love-hate relationship.