Comparison of binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa in a community sample
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 157–165, March 2001
How to Cite
Striegel-Moore, R. H., Cachelin, F. M., Dohm, F.-A., Pike, K. M., Wilfley, D. E. and Fairburn, C. G. (2001), Comparison of binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa in a community sample. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 29: 157–165. doi: 10.1002/1098-108X(200103)29:2<157::AID-EAT1005>3.0.CO;2-8
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2001
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 MAR 2000
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Grant Number: 1R01MH52348-01A1
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- the office for Research on Women's Health (NIH)
- Principal Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Grant Number: 046386
- the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Grant Number: 84R-2459-HPE
- the Center's Foundations Fund for Research in Psychiatry
- binge eating disorder;
- bulimia nervosa;
This study examined the relationship between binge eating disorder (BED), a newly proposed eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa (BN).
Three groups recruited from the community were compared: women with BED (n = 150), women with purging BN (n = 48), and women with nonpurging BN (n = 14).
The three groups did not differ significantly in education, weight or shape concern, and current or lifetime prevalence of nine major mental disorders. Women with BED, compared with women with purging BN, were older, less likely to have a history of anorexia nervosa, and less likely to have been treated for an eating disorder. Obesity was more commonly associated with BED than with either subtype of BN.
Our results lend some support to BED as an eating disorder distinct from purging BN. More research is needed to clarify the position of nonpurging BN relative to BED and purging BN. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 29: 157-165, 2001.