Binge eating during pregnancy and birth outcomes: A cohort study in a disadvantaged population in Brazil

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  • Maria Angélica Antunes Nunes MD, PhD,

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    1. Department of Social Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
    • Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Rua Ramiro Barcelos, 2400 - 2° andar, PPG em Epidemiologia, Porto Alegre - RS - Cep: 90035-003, Brasil
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  • Andrea Poyastro Pinheiro MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Social Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
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  • Suzi Alves Camey PhD,

    1. Department of Social Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
    2. Department of Statistics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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  • Maria Ines Schmidt MD, PhD

    1. Department of Social Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
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  • Supported by the Centers of Excellence Grant of CNPq (the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development).

Abstract

Objective:

To assess the impact of binge eating behavior (BE) during pregnancy on birth outcomes among 697 Brazilian women who attended primary care.

Method:

Pregnant women answered a questionnaire on sociodemographic data, obstetric history, and The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q). Perinatal outcomes were obtained from birth records. Birth weight, prematurity, caesarean delivery, being small or large for gestational age were compared among women reporting BE (N = 119) and those without BE (N = 578). Poisson regression was used to estimate the association between BE during pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Results:

BE during pregnancy was not significantly associated with the birth outcomes analyzed. Gestational weight gain was significantly higher among those who reported BE.

Discussion:

Binge eating behavior during pregnancy may not influence birth outcomes as binge eating disorder does but affects gestational weight gain. Women reporting binge eating during pregnancy should undergo a diagnostic assessment for eating disorders. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;45:827–831)

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