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World J Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Mar;11(2 Pt 2):199-207. doi: 10.3109/15622970802563171.

Binge eating disorder and depression: a systematic review.

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Graduate Program in Nutrition, Josué de Castro Institute of Nutrition, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Guanabara, Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.


The purpose of this systematic literature review is to examine previous studies that investigated the relation between depression and binge eating disorder (BED). Medline/PubMed published data from 1980 through 2006 was tracked using the following keywords: "binge eating disorder and depression", "periodic binge eating and depression", "binge eating disorder" and "periodic binge eating". The findings of 14 studies were successfully highlighted: one cohort, four cross-sectional and nine case-control studies. Most studies (7/14) were conducted in the United States, with missing data varying between 2.3 and 44.32%, and seven studies emphasizing the most important variables. The majority of the studies (10/14) showed an association between depression and binge eating disorder, but carefully designed studies are required to minimize the limitations found in these studies.

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