Review of controlled psychotherapy treatment trials for binge eating disorder

Psychol Rep. 2008 Apr;102(2):339-68. doi: 10.2466/pr0.102.2.339-368.


This paper reviews investigations of psychotherapy outcome studies for binge eating disorder, which has recently been intensively studied as several researchers have undertaken the task of delineating which treatment options are the most effective. Several randomized, controlled clinical trials have provided important findings. A current debate concerns what the initial course of treatment should be, reducing binge eating patterns or reducing weight. Several limitations to this literature are mentioned, including the dearth of studies investigating treatment for men and boys with binge eating disorder.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Bulimia Nervosa / diagnosis
  • Bulimia Nervosa / psychology
  • Bulimia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / statistics & numerical data
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Sex Factors
  • Treatment Outcome