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Eat Weight Disord. 2007 Mar;12(1):e19-23.

Comparison of obese men and women with binge eating disorder seeking weight management.

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Psychopharmacology Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0559, USA. guerdja@ucmail.uc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined whether obese males with binge eating disorder (BED) seeking weight loss treatment differed significantly from obese females with BED seeking weight loss treatment in developmental variables, weight loss history, current and lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders, and metabolic abnormalities.

METHODS:

Psychiatric (using the Structural Clinical Interview for DSM-IV), medical, and laboratory assessments of 44 obese males with BED were compared with assessments from 44 age- and race-matched obese females with BED seeking weight loss treatment.

RESULTS:

High rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and metabolic syndrome were observed in the population as a whole. Obese males with BED had attempted significantly fewer diets, medications and supplements for weight loss before seeking weight loss treatment. The two genders did not differ significantly in any other of the examined variables.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results suggest that while obese men and women with BED who present for weight management are very similar, males had fewer previous attempts at weight loss, possibly related to their less pronounced body dissatisfaction or fewer help-seeking behaviors as compared to females. Our results also support findings of substantial comorbidity among obesity, BED, mood and anxiety disorders, and metabolic syndrome in weight loss seeking populations, in men as well as women.

PMID:
17384521
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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