The diagnostic validity of the criteria for binge eating disorder
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 1–14, January 2008
How to Cite
Latner, J. D. and Clyne, C. (2008), The diagnostic validity of the criteria for binge eating disorder. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 41: 1–14. doi: 10.1002/eat.20465
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUL 2007
- binge eating;
- binge eating disorder;
- diagnostic criteria;
- objective bulimic episodes;
- subjective bulimic episodes;
This paper considers whether the criteria currently used to classify the diagnosis of binge eating disorder (BED) are valid and appropriate.
We review evidence that reflects on the validity of the current criteria for binge eating episodes and BED, using literature retrieved through major psychology and psychiatry search engines (e.g., PsycInfo, PubMed).
Evidence from experimental research points to the relative importance of episode frequency, the amount of food consumed at episodes, the subjective sense of loss of control over eating, and several additional criteria associated with binge episodes in BED. Evidence on the differences in psychopathology between BED and bulimia nervosa and between BED and obesity without binge eating, as related to diagnostic criteria, is reviewed.
Although evidence concerning the diagnostic criteria of BED is mixed, broadening certain diagnostic criteria for binge eating episodes and BED might more accurately reflect the research literature and increase the number of individuals eligible for inclusion in treatment programs. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008