This research was part of a doctoral dissertation by the first author to the University of California, Berkeley, in partial fulfillment of the Dr.P.H. degree in Behavioral Sciences.
Binge eating in females: A population-based investigation†
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1992 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 365–373, December 1992
How to Cite
Bruce, B. and Agras, W. S. (1992), Binge eating in females: A population-based investigation. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 12: 365–373. doi: 10.1002/1098-108X(199212)12:4<365::AID-EAT2260120404>3.0.CO;2-M
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 NOV 1991
Four hundred fifty-five females from a community-bgased, randomly sampled population were interviewed by telephone to estimate the prevalence of binge eating and to describe demographic and topographical characteristics of binge eating behaviour. Binge eaters were classified according to the DSM-111-R criteria for bulimia, excluding purging behavior. The estimate for subjects meeting criteria was 1.8%, while the percentage of females who met all but frequency criteria was estimated at 3.8%. The majority of binge eaters in this study was found to engage in behaviors typically associated with binge eating episodes. On average, this group of binge eaters was older and heavier than has been reported previously, which supported observed associations between binge eating and overweight in clinical populations [Telch, Agras, & Rossiter (1988). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 7, 115-119]. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.