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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Jul;14(7):1244-9.

Binge eating and weight loss in a self-help behavior modification program.

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McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, MA, USA. sdelinsky@partners.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the occurrence of binge eating and its impact on weight loss outcomes among obese participants in the Trevose Behavior Modification Program, a lay-administered, lay-directed self-help weight loss program offering continuing care.

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

Participants completed questionnaires, and weight loss data were recorded prospectively.

RESULTS:

Although objective bulimic episodes were reported by 41% of the sample, objective bulimic episodes were not associated with worse weight loss outcomes. Mean weight loss after 12 months was 18.2 kg (18.8% of initial body weight) for the treatment completers and 10.3 kg (10.5% of initial body weight) for the full sample (using intent-to-treat analyses, with baseline scores carried forward).

DISCUSSION:

Substantial long-term weight loss, resulting from a continuing care treatment program, occurred in individuals both with and without frequent binge eating.

PMID:
16899805
DOI:
10.1038/oby.2006.141
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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