An examination of eating patterns in community women with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 7, pages 618–624, November 2011
How to Cite
Masheb, R. M., Grilo, C. M. and White, M. A. (2011), An examination of eating patterns in community women with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 618–624. doi: 10.1002/eat.20853
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 5 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Received: 23 NOV 2009
- National Institute of Health. Grant Numbers: MH082629, DK070052, DK071646
- binge eating;
- eating disorders;
- eating behavior
To better understand the eating patterns of persons with eating disorders.
This study investigated typical eating behavior (meal frequency and snacking) and atypical eating behavior among 311 community women with on-line questionnaires. Participants were classified with bulimia nervosa (BN; n =39), binge eating disorder (BED; n = 69), or controls (CON; n = 203).
In terms of typical eating behaviors, the BN group ate significantly fewer meals, particularly lunches, than the other two groups. Atypical eating, such as nibbling, eating double meals and nocturnal eating, was significantly more common in the eating disorder groups. More frequent breakfast consumption was associated with lower BMI in the BED and CON groups, and more frequent meal consumption was associated with less binge eating in the BED group only.
Our study revealed differences in typical and atypical eating patterns, and associations with weight and eating disorder behaviors among eating disorder and control groups. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010