Understanding the Association of Impulsivity, Obsessions, and Compulsions with Binge Eating and Purging Behaviours in Anorexia Nervosa
Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages e129–e136, May 2012
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Hoffman, E. R., Gagne, D. A., Thornton, L. M., Klump, K. L., Brandt, H., Crawford, S., Fichter, M. M., Halmi, K. A., Johnson, C., Jones, I., Kaplan, A. S., Mitchell, J. E., Strober, M., Treasure, J., Woodside, D. B., Berrettini, W. H., Kaye, W. H. and Bulik, C. M. (2012), Understanding the Association of Impulsivity, Obsessions, and Compulsions with Binge Eating and Purging Behaviours in Anorexia Nervosa. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 20: e129–e136. doi: 10.1002/erv.2161
- Issue online: 18 APR 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 4 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 2011
- anorexia nervosa;
- binge eating;
To further refine our understanding of impulsivity, obsessions, and compulsions in anorexia nervosa (AN) by isolating which behaviours—binge eating, purging, or both—are associated with these features.
We conducted regression analyses with binge eating, purging, and the interaction of binge eating with purging as individual predictors of scores for impulsivity, obsessions, and compulsions in two samples of women with AN (n = 1373).
Purging, but not binge eating, was associated with higher scores on impulsivity, obsessions, and compulsions. Purging was also associated with worst eating rituals and with worst eating preoccupations.
Our results suggest that purging, compared with binge eating, may be a stronger correlate of impulsivity, obsessions, and compulsions in AN. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.