Binge eating and weight loss in a self-help behavior modification program

Sherrie Selwyn Delinsky, Janet D. Latner, G. Terence Wilson

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Objective: To examine the occurrence of binge eating and its impact on weight loss outcomes among obese participants in the Trevose Behavior Modification Program, a lay-administered, lay-directed self-help weight loss program offering continuing care. Research Methods and Procedures: Participants completed questionnaires, and weight loss data were recorded prospectively. Results: Although objective bulimic episodes were reported by 41% of the sample, objective bulimic episodes were not associated with worse weight loss outcomes. Mean weight loss after 12 months was 18.2 kg (18.8% of initial body weight) for the treatment completers and 10.3 kg (10.5% of initial body weight) for the full sample (using intent-to-treat analyses, with baseline scores carried forward). Discussion: Substantial long-term weight loss, resulting from a continuing care treatment program, occurred in individuals both with and without frequent binge eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1249
Number of pages6
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


  • Binge eating
  • Continuing care
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-help
  • Weight management


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