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Numerous psychological factors have been hypothesized to play a role in the etiology of binge eating. This chapter proposes that female gender-role socialization puts girls at risk for the development of binge eating. Moreover, it is proposed that an understanding of risk requires an exploration...
This paper reviews the use of medication in the treatment of bulimia nervosa and of binge eating disorder. There is now compelling evidence from double blind, placebo-controlled studies that antidepressant medication is useful in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. What is less clear is which...
In this study we examined whether obese women with binge eating disorder (BED) reporting earlier onset binge eating differed from those with later onset binge eating on salient clinical parameters. Subjects were 112 women who sought treatment for BED. Subjects with early (⩽ age 18) and later...
Eating disorders are associated with numerous biological perturbations; however, sorting out cause from effect is difficult. Neuroendocrine and metabolic abnormalities are seen in both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, but they have not been described in binge eating disorder, in which...
Eating disorders have generally been considered uncommon among ethnic minorities. However, there are data that suggest bulimia nervosa may not be all that rare in some minority groups. Furthermore, emerging data on binge eating disorder (BED) have indicated high rates in some ethnic groups, and...
Binge-eating behavior is often thought to be the consequence of energy restriction and dietary restraint. However, evidence is accumulating that recurrent eating binges may be one behavioral mechanism in the expression of familial obesity, and may therefore precede the onset of dieting. The...
Research in obesity has generally not demonstrated an association with increased rates of psychopathology compared to normal-weight comparison groups. However, studies of obese individuals from clinical samples with recurrent binge eating or binge eating disorder (BED) have generally revealed...
Binge eating problems are a common source of psychiatric morbidity among young adult women. To date, the research on their treatment has been conducted almost exclusively in specialist settings. As it is unlikely there will ever be sufficient specialist resources to address a problem of this...
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