Examining the relationship between food thought suppression and binge eating disorder

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

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Food thought suppression, or purposely attempting to avoid thoughts of food, is related to a number of unwanted eating- and weight-related consequences, particularly in dieting and obese individuals. Little is known about the possible significance of food thought suppression in clinical samples, particularly obese patients who binge eat. This study examined food thought suppression in 150 obese patients seeking treatment for binge eating disorder (BED). Food thought suppression was not associated with binge eating frequency or body mass index but was significantly associated with higher current levels of eating disorder psychopathology and variables pertaining to obesity, dieting, and binge eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1077-1081
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This study was supported, in part, by grants from the National Institutes of Health (K23 DK092279, K24 DK070052 and R01 DK49587 ). No additional funding was received for the completion of this work.


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