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Indicators of clinical significance among women in the community with binge-eating disorder symptoms: Delineating the roles of binge frequency, body mass index, and overvaluation

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Mitchison, D and Rieger, E and Harrison, C and Murray, SB and Griffiths, S and Mond, JM, Indicators of clinical significance among women in the community with binge-eating disorder symptoms: Delineating the roles of binge frequency, body mass index, and overvaluation, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51, (2) pp. 165-169. ISSN 0276-3478 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.22812

Abstract

Objective

This study aimed to investigate the relative contributions of binge eating, body image disturbance, and body mass index (BMI) to distress and disability in binge-eating disorder (BED).

Method

A community sample of 174 women with BED-type symptomatology provided demographic, weight, and height information, and completed measures of overvaluation of weight/shape and binge eating, general psychological distress and impairment in role functioning. Correlation and regression analyses examined the associations between predictors (binge eating, overvaluation, BMI), and outcomes (distress, functional impairment).

Results

Binge eating and overvaluation were moderately to strongly correlated with distress and functional impairment, whereas BMI was not correlated with distress and only weakly correlated with functional impairment. Regression analysis indicated that both overvaluation and binge eating were strong and unique predictors of both distress and impairment, the contribution of overvaluation to variance in functional impairment being particularly strong, whereas BMI did not uniquely predict functional impairment or distress.

Discussion

The findings support the inclusion of overvaluation as a diagnostic criterion or specifier in BED and the need to focus on body image disturbance in treatment and public health efforts in order to reduce the individual and community health burden of this condition.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:binge eating, binge-eating disorder, body mass index, community, obesity, overvaluation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Other health sciences
Research Field:Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:150758
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-06-28
Last Modified:2022-06-28
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