Relation of Binge Eating Age of Onset to Functional Aspects of Binge Eating in Binge Eating Disorder

Roslyn B. Binford, Melissa Pederson Mussell, Carol B Peterson, Scott J Crow, James E. Mitchell

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Objective: This study examined whether age of binge eating onset in binge eating disorder (BED) is related to affective binge eating antecedents and consequences. Method: Participants included women (N = 44) with BED who participated in a group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) study. Measures included the Eating Hedonics Questionnaire, Beck Depression Inventory, Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire Negative Emotionality factor, Restraint Scale, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire Restraint factor, and Eating Behaviors-IV. Participants were classified according to reported age of binge eating onset, with early onset defined as ≤13 years (EOB; n = 25) and later onset > 13 years (LOB; n = 19). Results: Compared with LOB, EOB was associated with reductions in postbinge subjective anxiety, but not depression. Discussion: This study suggested that EOB in BED may be associated with binge eating as an affective means of coping, particularly with anxiety, and further supported age of binge eating onset as a clinically meaningful way to delineate BED subclassifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-292
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Age of onset
  • Binge eating
  • Eating disorder measures


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