The validity and clinical utility of night eating syndrome



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum: The validity and clinical utility of night eating syndrome Volume 44, Issue 1, 94, Article first published online: 5 November 2010



To review the empirical literature for evidence in support of inclusion of Night Eating Syndrome (NES) in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


Based on a literature search using PubMed, 47 empirical studies of NES were identified.


The literature reflects use of varying definitions; progress has been made toward reliable measurement of night eating symptoms; evidence regarding a differentiation of NES from “normalcy” or from other eating disorders is based largely on samples of convenience; only one controlled treatment study has been published.


There are limited data supporting the clinical utility and validity of NES; several options regarding the inclusion of NES in DSM-V are discussed. © 2009 American Psychiatric Association.