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Generic and eating disorder-specific impairment in binge eating disorder with and without overvaluation of weight or shape

Harrison, C, Mond, JM, Rieger, E, Rodgers, B
Behaviour Research and Therapy
2016
Journal
72
p93-99

Abstract

Objective

We sought to elucidate the nature and extent of impairment in quality of life among individuals with binge eating disorder (BED) with and without the overvaluation of weight or shape (“overvaluation”).

Method

Subgroups of women – probable BED with overvaluation (n = 102), probable BED without overvaluation (n = 72), obese individuals reporting no binge eating (“obese control”, n = 40), and “normal weight” individuals reporting no binge eating (“healthy control,” n = 40) – were recruited from a community-based sample in which individuals with eating disorder symptoms were over-represented. They were compared on measures of eating disorder psychopathology and generic and disease-specific measures of quality of life. Scores on these measures among individuals with BED receiving specialist treatment were also considered.

Results

Participants with BED and overvaluation had high levels of eating disorder psychopathology and impairment in both generic and disease-specific quality of life, comparable to those of BED patients receiving specialist treatment, and significantly higher than all other subgroups, whereas participants with BED in the absence of overvaluation did not differ from obese controls on any of these measures.

Conclusion

The findings provide further evidence for the need to consider reference to overvaluation among the diagnostic criteria for BED. The relative merits of the inclusion of overvaluation as a diagnostic criterion or as a diagnostic specifier for BED warrant greater consideration.

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