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Exploring alexithymia, depression, and binge eating in self-reported eating disorders in women.
Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2005 Jul-Sep; 41(3):114-23.PP

Abstract

TOPIC

Binge eating is often a way of life for many women even if the diagnostic criteria for the tentative DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of binge eating disorder is not met.

METHODS

Binge eating was conceptualized as a problem in affect regulation. Affective indices of alexithymia and depression were measure with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), the Alexithymia-Provoked Response Questionnaire (APQR), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), respectively. This study was an exploratory study of 65 subjects, 35 of whom self-reported as eating disordered and 30 as non-eating disordered.

FINDINGS

Of the eating-disordered subjects, 95% scored significantly on the Eating Habits Checklist as binge eaters, 18% as anorexic, and 23% as bulimic. Significant relationships were found between alexithymia and binge eating and depression. A stepwise logistic regression found that both alexithymia and depression discriminated between women with and without binge eating at .001 and .002, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS

This study found that alexithymia was more highly correlated with binge eating than with either anorexia or bulimia. In addition, a significant history of trauma and health problems for those who reported as binge eaters was reported. Implications for practice are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. kwheeeler@fair1.fairfield.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16138820

Citation

Wheeler, Kathleen, et al. "Exploring Alexithymia, Depression, and Binge Eating in Self-reported Eating Disorders in Women." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, vol. 41, no. 3, 2005, pp. 114-23.
Wheeler K, Greiner P, Boulton M. Exploring alexithymia, depression, and binge eating in self-reported eating disorders in women. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2005;41(3):114-23.
Wheeler, K., Greiner, P., & Boulton, M. (2005). Exploring alexithymia, depression, and binge eating in self-reported eating disorders in women. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 41(3), 114-23.
Wheeler K, Greiner P, Boulton M. Exploring Alexithymia, Depression, and Binge Eating in Self-reported Eating Disorders in Women. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2005 Jul-Sep;41(3):114-23. PubMed PMID: 16138820.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exploring alexithymia, depression, and binge eating in self-reported eating disorders in women. AU - Wheeler,Kathleen, AU - Greiner,Philip, AU - Boulton,Martha, PY - 2005/9/6/pubmed PY - 2005/12/13/medline PY - 2005/9/6/entrez SP - 114 EP - 23 JF - Perspectives in psychiatric care JO - Perspect Psychiatr Care VL - 41 IS - 3 N2 - TOPIC: Binge eating is often a way of life for many women even if the diagnostic criteria for the tentative DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of binge eating disorder is not met. METHODS: Binge eating was conceptualized as a problem in affect regulation. Affective indices of alexithymia and depression were measure with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), the Alexithymia-Provoked Response Questionnaire (APQR), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), respectively. This study was an exploratory study of 65 subjects, 35 of whom self-reported as eating disordered and 30 as non-eating disordered. FINDINGS: Of the eating-disordered subjects, 95% scored significantly on the Eating Habits Checklist as binge eaters, 18% as anorexic, and 23% as bulimic. Significant relationships were found between alexithymia and binge eating and depression. A stepwise logistic regression found that both alexithymia and depression discriminated between women with and without binge eating at .001 and .002, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: This study found that alexithymia was more highly correlated with binge eating than with either anorexia or bulimia. In addition, a significant history of trauma and health problems for those who reported as binge eaters was reported. Implications for practice are discussed. SN - 0031-5990 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16138820/Exploring_alexithymia_depression_and_binge_eating_in_self_reported_eating_disorders_in_women_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0031-5990&date=2005&volume=41&issue=3&spage=114 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -