Binge Eating in Interview Versus Self-Report: Different Diagnoses Show Different Divergences
Article first published online: 14 APR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 170–175, May 2014
How to Cite
Birgegård, A., Norring, C. and Clinton, D. (2014), Binge Eating in Interview Versus Self-Report: Different Diagnoses Show Different Divergences. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 22: 170–175. doi: 10.1002/erv.2289
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 19 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 14 NOV 2013
- binge eating;
Binge eating (BE) is diagnostically important for eating disorders (EDs) but difficult to measure validly and reliably. The study compared interview and questionnaire formats regarding the proportion of patients in each diagnostic group who reported BE.
Data came from the clinical Stepwise ED database (N = 3508 adults and 1354 children/adolescents), representing the full range of ED diagnoses. Methods used were the Structured ED Interview and the ED Examination Questionnaire.
Opposite discrepancies were observed between methods depending on ED diagnosis, such that a higher number of restrictive patients reported BE on the questionnaire than the interview, whereas the opposite was true for bulimic patients.
The findings have important clinical and theoretical implications and suggest that BE assessment is more complex than previously believed. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.