Special Section Review Article/Eating Disorders in DSM-V: Review of Existing Literature (Part 2)
The validity and clinical utility of binge eating disorder
Article first published online: 20 JUL 2009
Copyright © 2009 American Psychiatric Association. This Article is being co-published by the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the American Psychiatric Association.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 8, pages 687–705, December 2009
How to Cite
Wonderlich, S. A., Gordon, K. H., Mitchell, J. E., Crosby, R. D., Engel, S. G. (2009), The validity and clinical utility of binge eating disorder. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 687–705. doi: 10.1002/eat.20719
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 20 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 JUN 2009
- binge eating disorder;
- eating disorders
This review attempted to examine the validity and clinical utility of the DSM-IV binge eating disorder (BED) diagnosis across a wide range of validating strategies.
Various electronic databases (Pub Med, Psych Info) were searched for terms relevant to the diagnosis of BED (e.g., binge eating disorder, binge eating) in order to identify papers. Additionally, published papers were reviewed in order to locate additional manuscripts and papers that were presented at meetings.
The validity and utility of BED varied substantially according to the validator chosen. There is reasonable evidence that BED can be differentiated from other existing eating disorders and is associated with significant impairment and clinical levels of eating disorder psychopathology. The relationship of BED to obesity is complex, and in spite of some positive findings, further research examining the predictive power of BED, beyond the simple presence of obesity and associated psychopathology, in relationship to clinically relevant outcomes is needed.
Binge eating disorder is being considered for inclusion in the DSM-V and various options regarding this decision are reviewed based upon the empirical findings in the paper. © 2009 American Psychiatric Association.