Binge eating versus nonpurged eating in bulimics: is there a carbohydrate craving after all?
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 89, Issue 6, pages 376–381, June 1994
How to Cite
van der Ster Wallin, G., Norring, C. and Holmgren, S. (1994), Binge eating versus nonpurged eating in bulimics: is there a carbohydrate craving after all?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 89: 376–381. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1994.tb01532.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
- Accepted for publication January 15, 1994
- bulimia nervosa;
- binge eating;
- carbohydrate craving
Food selection and macro nutrient content were evaluated in a group of bulimic subjects, both during the nonpurged intake and the bingeing. Dietary data was assessed by single 24-hour recall. As expected, energy distribution and food selection differed markedly between the nonpurged diet and the binges. The main differences were related to an inverse relationship in the order of macro nutrients, fat being the dominant and protein the least important source of macro nutrients during binge eating. The nutrient content during binges admittedly had a preponderance for fat. Nevertheless, the primary choice of food items during binges was carbohydrates, which was shown both by a greater quantity and by the subjects’ own desires.