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Use of extreme weight control behaviors with and without binge eating in a community sample: implications for the classification of bulimic-type eating disorders

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Mond, J and Hay, P and Rodgers, B and Owen, C and Crosby, R and Mitchell, J, Use of extreme weight control behaviors with and without binge eating in a community sample: implications for the classification of bulimic-type eating disorders, The International journal of eating disorders, 39, (4) pp. 294-302. ISSN 0276-3478 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20265

Abstract

Objective and Method: To inform the classification of bulimic-type eating disorders not meeting formal diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa (BN), levels of eating disorder psychopathology and functional impairment associated with subjective and objective bulimic episodes (SBEs and OBEs) and purging and nonpurging methods of weight control were examined in a large community-based sample of women (n 5,232).

Results: Participants who reported recurrent bulimic episodes had significantly higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology and functional impairment than those who did not and this was the case whether the episodes were objective or subjective. Similarly, participants who reported the use of extreme weight control behaviors had higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology and functional impairment than those who did not, and this was the case whether purging or nonpurging behaviors were employed. The combination of bulimic episodes and extreme weight control behaviors was associated with particularly high levels of eating disorder psychopathology and functional impairment.

Conclusion: The combination of bulimic episodes, objective or subjective, and extreme weight control behaviors, purging or nonpurging, is significant in terms of impairment in psychosocial functioning among individuals affected by eating disorders not meeting formal diagnostic criteria for BN. The combination of SBEs and extreme weight control behaviors, in particular, warrants further investigation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Bulimia nervosa, Classification, Functional impairment
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117971
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:86
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-09-18
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