Prior use of extreme weight-control behaviors in a community sample of women with binge eating disorder or subthreshold binge eating disorder: A descriptive study

Jonathan M. Mond, Carol B. Peterson, Phillipa J. Hay

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Abstract

Objective and Method: The prior occurrence of regular extreme weight-control behaviors was examined in a community sample of women (n = 27) with binge eating disorder (BED) or subthreshold BED. Results: Approximately two thirds of participants (65.4%) reported the prior use of either purging at least weekly or nonpurging behaviors three or more times per week, for a period of 3 months or more, whereas 38.5% of participants reported either purging at least twice weekly or nonpurging behaviors five or more times per week. Comparatively few participants (11.1%) had ever met formal diagnostic criteria for BN. Discussion: Considerable overlap between disorders characterized by binge eating in the absence of extreme weight-control behaviors and those characterized by extreme weight-control behaviors in the absence of binge eating may be apparent when a longitudinal perspective is taken. Caution needs to be exercised in drawing conclusions concerning the extent of this overlap based on any one operational definition of the term "regular extreme weight-control behaviors".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-446
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Extreme weight-control behaviors
  • Purging disorder

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