Evaluating binge eating disorder in children: Development of the children's binge eating disorder scale (C-BEDS)
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 82–89, January 2007
How to Cite
Shapiro, J. R., Woolson, S. L., Hamer, R. M., Kalarchian, M. A., Marcus, M. D. and Bulik, C. M. (2007), Evaluating binge eating disorder in children: Development of the children's binge eating disorder scale (C-BEDS). Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: 82–89. doi: 10.1002/eat.20318
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 MAY 2006
- UNC School of Public Health. Grant Numbers: 5 T32 MH 19111-15, DK56350
- Ambulatory Pediatric Association
Binge eating disorder (BED) may manifest itself differently in children than adults. Recently researchers have proposed provisional criteria for measuring BED in children. The purpose of this study was to develop a brief, simple, structured, interviewer-administered scale (C-BEDS) to measure BED in children according to the provisional criteria and to compare diagnostic results with SCID diagnoses.
A total of 55 children between the ages of 5 and 13 were interviewed with both the SCID and the C-BEDS.
There was a significant association between the two measures (p = .001). Both measures adequately identified children with binge eating behaviors.
Both the provisional criteria and the C-BEDS may be developmentally appropriate for use with children, although the C-BEDS may be a better screening instrument as it quickly identified children with subsyndromal BED. If used by physicians and other health providers, this brief measure may assist with identifying early onset binge eating behaviors and avoiding the associated consequences, including adult BED, obesity, and other comorbidities. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006