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The prevalence of binge eating disorder in a sample of college students in the north of Portugal

Author(s): Ribeiro, Mónica ; Conceição, Eva Martins ; Vaz, Ana Rita Rendeiro Ribeiro ; Machado, Paulo P. P.

Date: 2014

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Origin: RepositóriUM - Universidade do Minho

Project/scholarship: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/99981/PT ; info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/SFRH/SFRH%2FBD%2F44293%2F2008/PT; info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/SFRH/SFRH%2FBPD%2F78896%2F2011/PT;

Subject(s): Binge eating disorder; Prevalence; College students; Social Sciences; Social Sciences; Social Sciences


Binge eating disorder (BED) has important associated comorbidities and has been recently considered as a diagnostic category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition. This study investigates the prevalence of BED in a sample of college students using a two-stage design. Between October 2008 and July 2009, 805 students attending a public college campus completed the Questionnaire on Eating and Weight Patterns - Revised to screen for possible cases. Eighty-five students meeting key criteria for BED were invited for a second stage interview using the Eating Disorder Examination. At stage 1, 9.6% of the subjects reported binge eating episodes. At stage 2, a prevalence rate of 0.5% for BED was found, and 1% if the criterion for large amount of food was excluded.

Document Type Research article
Language English
Contributor(s) Ribeiro, Mónica; Conceição, Eva Martins; Vaz, Ana Rita Rendeiro Ribeiro; Machado, Paulo P. P.
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