One-year follow-up of cognitive-behavioral therapy for obese individuals with binge eating disorder

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1997 Apr;65(2):343-7. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.65.2.343.


The results of a 1-year posttreatment follow-up of 93 obese women diagnosed as having binge eating disorder (BED) and treated with group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) followed by weight loss treatment are described. The group as a whole maintained both reductions in binge eating and abstinence rates fairly well. However, they regained the weight lost during treatment. Those who stopped binge eating during CBT maintained a weight loss of 4.0 kg over the follow-up period. In contrast, those who continued to binge gained 3.6 kg. Twenty-six percent of those abstinent after CBT met criteria for BED at follow-up and had gained weight, whereas the remaining 74% had lost weight. Stopping binge eating appears critical to sustained weight loss in BED.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / standards*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Treatment Outcome