Binge antecedents in obese women with and without binge eating disorder

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2000 Feb;68(1):95-102.


In this study, women with binge eating disorder (BED; n = 41) and weight- and age-matched comparison women without BED (NBED; n = 38) monitored their eating for 6 days, using handheld computers to measure mood, appetite, and setting at all eating episodes and comparison noneating episodes. Poor mood, low alertness, feelings of poor eating control, and craving sweets all preceded binge episodes for the BED group. An unanticipated finding was the frequent report of binge episodes in the comparison group; only feelings of poor eating control and craving sweets predicted binge episodes in this group. Binge eating NBED women tended to experience worse mood, less control, and more craving than other NBED women, contributing to evidence of the close relationship of binge eating and decrements in emotional and appetitive functioning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Appetite
  • Bulimia / diagnosis
  • Bulimia / psychology*
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperphagia / diagnosis
  • Hyperphagia / psychology*
  • Internal-External Control
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diet therapy
  • Obesity / psychology*


  • Dietary Sucrose