Supported by NIH 1 R01-MH/DK58820; NIH 1 R01-DK61973; NIH 1 R01-MH59100; NIH 1 R01-MH66287; NIH P30-DK50456; K02 MH65919; R01 MH 59234 from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and by University of Missouri Research Council; Walden W. and Jean Young Shaw Foundation.
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Subjective and objective binge eating in relation to eating disorder symptomatology, negative affect, and personality dimensions†
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 66–76, January 2013
How to Cite
Brownstone, L. M., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Printz, K. S., Le Grange, D., Mitchell, J. E., Crow, S. J., Peterson, C. B., Crosby, R. D., Klein, M. H., Wonderlich, S. A. and Joiner, T. E. (2013), Subjective and objective binge eating in relation to eating disorder symptomatology, negative affect, and personality dimensions. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 66–76. doi: 10.1002/eat.22066
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2012
- John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Grant Numbers: NIH 1 R01-MH/DK58820, NIH 1 R01-DK61973, NIH 1 R01-MH59100, NIH 1 R01-MH66287, NIH P30-DK50456, K02 MH65919, R01 MH 59234
- Walden W. and Jean Young Shaw Foundation
- subjective binge eating;
- objective binge eating;
- bulimia nervosa
The current study explored the clinical meaningfulness of distinguishing subjective (SBE) from objective binge eating (OBE) among individuals with threshold/subthreshold bulimia nervosa (BN). We examined relations between OBEs and SBEs and eating disorder symptoms, negative affect, and personality dimensions using both a group comparison and a continuous approach.
Participants were 204 adult females meeting criteria for threshold/subthreshold BN who completed questionnaires related to disordered eating, affect, and personality.
Group comparisons indicated that SBE and OBE groups did not significantly differ on eating disorder pathology or negative affect, but did differ on two personality dimensions (cognitive distortion and attentional impulsivity). Using the continuous approach, we found that frequencies of SBEs (not OBEs) accounted for unique variance in weight/shape concern, diuretic use frequency, depressive symptoms, anxiety, social avoidance, insecure attachment, and cognitive distortion.
SBEs in the context of BN may indicate broader areas of psychopathology. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)