Binge eating in bariatric surgery patients

Melissa A. Kalarchian, G. Terence Wilson, Robert E. Brolin, Lisa Bradley

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Objective: Eating behavior, attitudes toward eating and body weight and shape, and depression were assessed in a sample of 64 morbidly obese gastric bypass surgery candidates. Method: The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ), and the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) were administered at the first preoperative visit. Results: Twenty- five subjects (39%) reported at least one binge episode per week on average over the 3 months prior to seeking treatment. Binge eaters had significantly higher TFEQ Disinhibition and Hunger scores than nonbinge eaters. Binge eaters also differed from nonbinge eaters in terms of attitudes toward eating, shape, and weight. Discussion: A significant number of gastric bypass surgery candidates report binge eating. The findings are consistent with other studies showing binge eaters to be a distinctive subgroup of the obese.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Binge episodes
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Obese patients


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