Comparison of methods for identifying and assessing obese patients with binge eating disorder in primary care settings

Rachel D. Barnes, Robin M. Masheb, Marney A. White, Carlos M. Grilo

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Abstract

Objective: Given the prevalence and health significance of binge eating disorder (BED) it is important to determine if time-efficient self-reports can adequately assess BED and its features in primary care settings. We compared the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q) and Questionnaire for Eating and Weight Patterns-Revised (QEWP-R), administered to obese patients with BED in primary care setting to the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) interview. Method: Sixty-six participants completed the questionnaires and were interviewed. Results: The EDE interview was significantly correlated with the EDE-Q (binge eating, four subscales, and global score) and the QEWP-R (binge eating, distress, and body image). The EDE-Q yielded significantly lower estimates of binge eating and significantly higher scores on the EDE subscales. The QEWP-R yielded significantly higher scores on the behavioral indicators and distress about binge eating and body image variables. Discussion: These findings suggest that these two self-report measures have potential utility for identifying BED in obese patients in primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessment
  • binge eating disorder
  • primary care

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