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Appetite. 2006 Jan;46(1):26-30. Epub 2005 Nov 2.

Stress response and binge eating disorder.

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New York Obesity Research Center, Departments of Medicine, St Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10025, USA.


In clinical practice, obese patients report stress as a primary trigger for binge eating. However, the biological mechanism underlying this relationship is poorly understood. This paper presents, a theoretical overview of how cortisol secretion, a major component of the stress response, could play a role in binge eating, given that exogenous glucocorticoids can lead to obesity by increasing food intake. I will discuss findings from recent studies demonstrating links between laboratory stress, cortisol, food intake and abdominal fat in humans. Cortisol is elevated following laboratory stressors in women with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and obesity, but has not been widely studied in women with binge eating disorder (BED). Additionally, I will review recent findings demonstrating a greater cortisol response to stress in obese women with BED compared to non-BED.

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