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Obes Surg. 1999 Feb;9(1):72-6.

Binge eating in gastric bypass patients before surgery.

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  • Center for Behavioral Change, Richmond, Virginia 23294, USA. Risaunders@aol.com



Binge eating in the obese, specifically those undergoing bariatric surgery, has only recently been investigated. This study is a continuation of a long-term effort to determine the impact of eating disorders on the outcome of bariatric surgery.


Self-report questionnaires (Binge Eating Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Questionnaire on Weight and Eating Patterns) were completed by 125 patients preparing to undergo gastric bypass surgery.


Binge eating was clearly a problem in this population, with 33.3% showing severe binge eating problems on the Binge Eating Scale. Over half of patients engaged in bingeing or grazing, most reporting a frequency of two or more times per week. A high level of depression was associated with binge eating.


Because postsurgical long-term weight loss maintenance is contingent on modifying eating behavior, the identification and treatment of such disorders may be critical to successful long-term outcome in these patients.

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