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Body checking and avoidance in overweight patients with binge eating disorder.
Int J Eat Disord. 2005 May; 37(4):342-6.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Repetitive body checking and avoidance are viewed as behavioral manifestations of the core psychopathology of eating disorders (EDs). We examined select body checking and avoidance behaviors in overweight patients with binge eating disorder (BED).

METHOD

Three hundred seventy-seven overweight (body mass index [BMI] > or = 25) treatment-seeking BED patients (80 men and 297 women) were administered measures to assess body checking and avoidance, other key behavioral features of EDs (binge eating, dietary restraint, and disinhibition), and the core psychopathology of EDs (overevaluation of weight and shape).

RESULTS

The majority of participants reported regularly pinching areas of their body to check for fatness and avoided wearing clothing that made them particularly aware of their body. Significant associations emerged between checking and restraint, and conversely, between avoidance and binge eating. Both checking and avoidance were positively and significantly associated with overevaluation of weight and shape, even after controlling for their unique effects.

DISCUSSION

These findings offer support to the potential role of checking and avoidance behaviors in the maintenance of BED.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8098, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15856496

Citation

Reas, Deborah L., et al. "Body Checking and Avoidance in Overweight Patients With Binge Eating Disorder." The International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 37, no. 4, 2005, pp. 342-6.
Reas DL, Grilo CM, Masheb RM, et al. Body checking and avoidance in overweight patients with binge eating disorder. Int J Eat Disord. 2005;37(4):342-6.
Reas, D. L., Grilo, C. M., Masheb, R. M., & Wilson, G. T. (2005). Body checking and avoidance in overweight patients with binge eating disorder. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 37(4), 342-6.
Reas DL, et al. Body Checking and Avoidance in Overweight Patients With Binge Eating Disorder. Int J Eat Disord. 2005;37(4):342-6. PubMed PMID: 15856496.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Body checking and avoidance in overweight patients with binge eating disorder. AU - Reas,Deborah L, AU - Grilo,Carlos M, AU - Masheb,Robin M, AU - Wilson,G Terence, PY - 2005/4/28/pubmed PY - 2005/8/9/medline PY - 2005/4/28/entrez SP - 342 EP - 6 JF - The International journal of eating disorders JO - Int J Eat Disord VL - 37 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Repetitive body checking and avoidance are viewed as behavioral manifestations of the core psychopathology of eating disorders (EDs). We examined select body checking and avoidance behaviors in overweight patients with binge eating disorder (BED). METHOD: Three hundred seventy-seven overweight (body mass index [BMI] > or = 25) treatment-seeking BED patients (80 men and 297 women) were administered measures to assess body checking and avoidance, other key behavioral features of EDs (binge eating, dietary restraint, and disinhibition), and the core psychopathology of EDs (overevaluation of weight and shape). RESULTS: The majority of participants reported regularly pinching areas of their body to check for fatness and avoided wearing clothing that made them particularly aware of their body. Significant associations emerged between checking and restraint, and conversely, between avoidance and binge eating. Both checking and avoidance were positively and significantly associated with overevaluation of weight and shape, even after controlling for their unique effects. DISCUSSION: These findings offer support to the potential role of checking and avoidance behaviors in the maintenance of BED. SN - 0276-3478 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15856496/Body_checking_and_avoidance_in_overweight_patients_with_binge_eating_disorder_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.20092 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -