Three studies on the factorial distinctiveness of binge eating and bulimic symptoms among nonclinical men and women
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 198–205, March 2000
How to Cite
Joiner, T. E., Vohs, K. D. and Heatherton, T. F. (2000), Three studies on the factorial distinctiveness of binge eating and bulimic symptoms among nonclinical men and women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 27: 198–205. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(200003)27:2<198::AID-EAT8>3.0.CO;2-4
- Issue published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 APR 1999
- binge eating disorder;
- bulimia nervosa;
- factorially inseparable
According to DSM-IV's proposed nosology, binge eating disorder is separable from bulimia nervosa. The basis for separation rests with compensatory behaviors (e.g., induced vomiting)—people with bulimia nervosa engage in compensatory behaviors, whereas those with binge eating disorder do not. We addressed the validity of this nosology.
In three studies on 2,015 young men and women, we used factor-analytic techniques to assess whether bulimic and binge eating symptoms are separable in men and women.
Results and Discussion
Results of the three studies converged: Although binge eating symptoms may be distinct from bulimic symptoms among young men, the two syndromes are factorially inseparable among young women. Nosologic and sociocultural implications are noted. © 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 27: 198–205, 2000.