Binge Eating Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Binge Eating Research, Compulsive Eating Research, Compulsive Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorder Research, Uncontrolled Eating Research)

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Binge Eating Disorder Related Research


Among moderately to severely obese individuals with binge eating disorder, research has found that the disorder is associated with higher rates of other psychological disorders—such as major depression, panic disorder, bulimia nervosa, borderline personality disorder, and avoidant personality disorder. 8


Research on psychotherapy treatments for binge eating disorder has found that while they may promote psychological recovery, they do not necessarily lead to weight loss. While not all people who suffer from binge eating disorder need to lose weight; for individuals who are obese, weight loss is a desired goal to prevent health or medical problems. For this reason, researchers have studied drug treatments for binge eating disorder. An example is the study on Sibutramine (a drug approved by the FDA for treatment of obesity) which reveals that sibutramine treatment resulted in weight loss of up to 10% of the initial body weight. While the drug was found to be effective in the short-run, there are questions as to its long-term effectiveness.

Other drug treatment research on binge eating disorder looked into Topiramate 9 and Fluvoxamine 10. Both drugs were found to reduce the frequency of binge eating as well as result in weight loss. However, these drugs may have unexamined side effects or medical complications. It is important to consult one’s doctor, nutritionist and therapist when looking into drug treatment options for binge eating disorder.


In 2007, CNN reported that binge eating disorder has become America’s most common disorder, affecting one 1 in 35 women. The article suggested that there is a fine line between overeating and binge eating, and that the former can lead to an eating disorder. The causes of binge eating were reported to be either overcompensation for strict diets or a form of relieving anxiety or emotional stress, which in a way makes food addictive, like alcohol. The article cited being secretive about overeating as one of the signs of binge eating disorder, aside from loss of control and feeling distressed about binge eating. 11

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Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa – purging, fasting enema, laxatives, diuretics, recurrent binge eating
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – irrational worry, anxiety, depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsession, compulsiveness, repeated ritualistic activities