Prevalence of binge eating and associated factors in a Brazilian probability sample of midlife women

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  • Silvia Regina de Freitas MD, PhD,

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    1. Obesity and Eating Disorders Group, State Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    2. Department of Epidemiology, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Departamento de Epiderniologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Estr. da Barra da Tijuca, 1006 Bl. 1/204, Barra da Tijuca, CEP 22641-003
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  • José Carlos Appolinario MD, PhD,

    1. Obesity and Eating Disorders Group, State Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    2. Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Amanda de Moura Souza RD,

    1. Obesity and Eating Disorders Group, State Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Rosely Sichieri MD, PhD

    1. Obesity and Eating Disorders Group, State Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Abstract

Objective:

To estimate the prevalence of binge eating (BE) and inappropriate behaviors of weight control in a population sample of Brazilian midlife adult women and to correlate the prevalence of BE with self-rated health (SRH).

Method:

A household sample of 1,298 females aged 35 years or older answered a face-to-face interview including questions on eating behaviors and had their weight and height measured.

Results:

The prevalence of regular BE (twice or more episodes by week) and inappropriate methods of weight control was 11.5 and 10.2%, respectively. BE episodes were positively correlated with BMI and negatively correlated with age and SRH. These correlations persisted when mutually adjusted by BMI, age, and SRH.

Conclusion:

These findings show the relevance of BE on the overall health of women of this age group and emphasize the need for expanding research on eating disorders to beyond the populations more frequently assessed of teenagers and young adults. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008

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