Binge eating disorder (BED) is a recently conceptualized eating disturbance, and its clinical features and prevalence are still a matter of debate. This study uses interview methodology to estimate the prevalence of BED in Italy in a sample of 66 obese people presenting for treatment, and examines potential related features typical of patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. The lifetime and the 6-month prevalences of BED were 18.1 and 12.1%, respectively. Breaking the group down on the basis of the current as well as lifetime presence of BED, we found that the weight and shape primary to self-esteem, and the interpersonal distress related to body image, were associated with lifetime BED (P<0.05). All-or-none thinking about food and dieting was typical of BED patients as a whole, either current (P<0.01) or remitted (P<0.05). We discuss two important findings from our study: (a) the key role of self-esteem depending upon weight and shape in discriminating the eating-disordered obese from non-eating-disordered individuals; and (b) the need to explore the whole lifespan when screening for BED, so pointing to the state-trait issue

Binge eating disorder: prevalence and psychopathological features in a clinical sample of obese people in Italy

RAMACCIOTTI, CARLA EMILIA;DELL'OSSO, LILIANA
2000

Abstract

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a recently conceptualized eating disturbance, and its clinical features and prevalence are still a matter of debate. This study uses interview methodology to estimate the prevalence of BED in Italy in a sample of 66 obese people presenting for treatment, and examines potential related features typical of patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. The lifetime and the 6-month prevalences of BED were 18.1 and 12.1%, respectively. Breaking the group down on the basis of the current as well as lifetime presence of BED, we found that the weight and shape primary to self-esteem, and the interpersonal distress related to body image, were associated with lifetime BED (P<0.05). All-or-none thinking about food and dieting was typical of BED patients as a whole, either current (P<0.01) or remitted (P<0.05). We discuss two important findings from our study: (a) the key role of self-esteem depending upon weight and shape in discriminating the eating-disordered obese from non-eating-disordered individuals; and (b) the need to explore the whole lifespan when screening for BED, so pointing to the state-trait issue
Ramacciotti, CARLA EMILIA; Coli, E; Passaglia, C; Lacorte, M; Pea, E; Dell'Osso, Liliana
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