Epidemiology of binge eating disorder
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: The Current Status of Binge Eating Disorder
Volume 34, Issue S1, pages S19–S29, 2003
How to Cite
Striegel-Moore, R. H. and Franko, D. L. (2003), Epidemiology of binge eating disorder. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 34: S19–S29. doi: 10.1002/eat.10202
- Issue published online: 30 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 MAR 2003
- diverse demographic profile;
- obese patients;
- binge eating
First described over 50 years ago, binge eating disorder (BED) only recently has become the focus of epidemiologic studies. This article provides a comprehensive review of these studies.
Relevant studies were examined and summarized in the form of a narrative review.
Similar to the early studies of bulimia nervosa (BN), the first generation of epidemiologic studies of BED is limited in scope or methodology. They focus on prevalence rates and provide only basic demographic characteristics and often use less than optimal sampling or assessment methods.
Results suggest that the demographic profile of BED may be more diverse than that of BN. Future studies should evaluate complex etiologic models in representative samples that include men and a broader range of ethnic minority groups. © 2003 by Wiley Perodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 34: S19–S29, 2003.