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Int J Eat Disord. 1997 Jan;21(1):49-54.

Comparison of men and women with binge eating disorder.

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Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, Yale University, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined gender differences in individuals with binge eating disorder (BED) on eating-related psychopathology and general psychological functioning.

METHOD:

Subjects were age-matched men (n = 21) and women (n = 21) with BED who were administered the Eating Disorders Examination (EDE), the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R (SCID) and SCID II, and who completed the Emotional Eating Scale (EES) and other questionnaires regarding psychological functioning.

RESULTS:

Men and women did not differ on measures of eating disturbance, shape and weight concerns, interpersonal problems, or self-esteem, but more men than women met criteria for at least one Axis I diagnosis and had a lifetime diagnosis of substance dependence. Women were more likely to report eating in response to negative emotions, particularly anxiety, anger and frustration, and depression.

DISCUSSION:

Results from our study suggest that while men and women presenting for treatment for BED are very similar, males may have more Axis I psychiatric disturbance and less emotional eating than their female counterparts. These findings are discussed in terms of the role of gender in BED and possible treatment implications are explored.

PMID:
8986517
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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