Beliefs about eating and eating disorders

G. Terence Wilson, Nancy A. Perrin, Francine Rosselli, Ruth H. Striegel-Moore, Lynn L. DeBar, Helena C. Kraemer

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Beliefs about foods and binge eating may influence the development and maintenance of eating disorders and the likelihood that people will seek treatment. We found that the majority of a random sample of members of a large health maintenance organization considered binge eating a problem for which there are effective treatments. Self-reported binge eaters, however, were significantly less likely to agree that there are effective treatments. Two thirds of the sample reported that certain foods are addictive and also believed that strict dieting is an effective means of reducing binge eating. Therapeutic implications of these attitudes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Binge eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Food addiction

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