Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa: Differences in the quality and quantity of binge eating episodes
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 238–243, March 2000
How to Cite
Fitzgibbon, M. L. and Blackman, L. R. (2000), Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa: Differences in the quality and quantity of binge eating episodes. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 27: 238–243. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(200003)27:2<238::AID-EAT12>3.0.CO;2-Q
- Issue published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 1999
- binge eating disorder;
- bulimia nervosa;
- quantity and quality
This study sought to examine the differences in the quantity and quality of binges between binge eating disorder (BED) and bulimia nervosa.
Patients (N = 77) seeking treatment for eating disorders were assessed on binge content.
Results suggest no differences in binge quantity with BED and bulimia, but there were differences in the binge quality. The binges of bulimics were higher in carbohydrates and sugar than those with BED.
The higher levels of obesity of our BED individuals may account for the lack of differences between those with bulimia and BED. The importance of increasing our knowledge of the continuum of weight and binging is discussed. © 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 27: 238–243, 2000.