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Keywords:

  • meal intake;
  • mood score;
  • binge eating disorder

Abstract

Objective

We assessed test meal intake in men and women with and without binge eating disorder (BED) in relation to mood score (Zung scale).

Methods

Eighty-five overweight subjects (24 males and 61 females) participated; 30 subjects with BED and 55 without BED. Following an 8-hr fast, subjects consumed a liquid test meal until extremely full.

Results

BED subjects consumed significantly more (p = .009) of the test meal (1,032 g ± 429) than the non-binge eaters (737 g ± 399). The men ingested more than the women (p = .002). BED subjects also had higher depression scores (p = .01), without differing by gender. However, depression scores were unrelated to test meal intakes (r = −.01).

Discussion

The larger meal intakes of the BED group may be due to the larger stomach capacity previously found in both bulimics and obese subjects. The findings also support the premise that BED, listed in the DSM-IV appendix for further study, is found in a distinct subgroup of overweight individuals. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 29: 488–494, 2001.