Background: This study examined ethnic/racial differences in reported utilization of weight-loss methods/treatments and weight loss among adults with binge-eating disorder (BED) with co-existing obesity. Methods: Participants were 400 adults (non-Hispanic Black: n = 99, Hispanic: n = 38, non-Hispanic White: n = 263) seeking treatment for BED in Connecticut from 2007 to 2012. Participants were asked about prior weight-loss methods/treatments and resulting weight losses. Results: Overall, self-help diets were utilized most; mental-health services were utilized least. While non-significant differences for most methods/treatments were observed by ethnicity/race, significant differences emerged for self-help diets and supervised programs with non-Hispanic Whites, in general, utilizing these diets more frequently and losing more weight on these types of diets. Conclusions: Among treatment-seeking patients with BED and obesity, non-Hispanic White patients reported histories of greater weight-loss treatment utilization and weight loss than non-White patients for supervised and self-help diets. Findings highlight the need for greater understanding of treatment utilization and outcomes among minority patients with obesity and BED.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by National Institutes of Health grants R01 DK49587 , R01 DK112771 , and R01 DK114075 . The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Outside the submitted work, Dr. Grilo reports grants from National Institutes of Health and royalties from Guilford Press and Taylor and Francis Publishing.
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- Binge-eating disorder
- Eating disorders
- Weight loss
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- Journal Article
- Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural