An age‐matched comparison of subjects with binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa

Nancy C. Raymond, Melissa P. Mussell, James E. Mitchell, Ross D. Crosby, Martina de Zwaanp

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare data from a group of obese subjects with binge eating disorder (BED) with data from a group of normal weight bulimia nervosa (BN) subjects. Subjects were compared using the Eating Disorder Questionnaire (EDQ), the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI), the Personality Disorders Questionnaire for DSM‐III‐R (PDQ‐R), the Hamilton Anxiety and Depression Rating Scales, and the Beck Depression Inventory. A group of 35 age‐matched subjects were selected retrospectively from treatment study subjects. The EDQ findings indicated that members of the BN group desired a lower body mass index, were more afraid of becoming fat, and more uncomfortable with their binge eating behavior than the BED group members. The BED subjects had a younger age of onset of binge eating behavior (14.3) than the BN subjects (19.8), even though both groups started dieting at a similar age (BED = 15.0, BN = 16.2). The EDI results showed BN subjects had more eating and weight‐related pathology, with significantly higher scores on five of the eight subscales. On the PDQ‐R more BN subjects endorsed Axis II impairment (BN = 69%, BED = 40%). While demonstrating greater eating pathology in the BN group, this study also found significant pathology and distress in BED subjects. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1995

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