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Eat Behav. 2013 Dec;14(4):424-7. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.07.001. Epub 2013 Jul 21.

Nibbling and picking in obese patients with Binge Eating Disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, United States. Electronic address: robin.masheb@yale.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The goal of this study was to examine the clinical utility of nibbling behavior, defined as eating in an unplanned and repetitious manner between meals and snacks without a sense of loss of control, in obese patients with Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

METHODS:

Two-hundred seventeen (N = 217) consecutive, treatment-seeking, obese patients with BED were assessed with the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE). Nibbling frequency was examined in relation to current weight, eating disorder psychopathology and eating patterns.

RESULTS:

Results found that nibbling/picking was not related to body mass index, objective bulimic, subjective bulimic, or overeating episodes, food avoidance, sensitivity to weight gain, or any subscales of the EDE. However, nibbling/picking was significantly related to frequency of morning and afternoon snacking (r = .21, p = .002; r = .27, p < .001).

DISCUSSION:

The assessment of nibbling/picking behaviors among individuals with BED might not provide clinically significant information.

KEYWORDS:

Binge eating disorder; Eating behaviors; Nibbling; Picking

PMID:
24183128
PMCID:
PMC3817495
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.07.001
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