What is the role of binge eating in childhood obesity?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Wildes et al found that in severely obese children, binge eating affects initial response to family-based behavioral treatment. [34] In a randomized controlled trial in 192 children aged 8-12 years, children who self-reported binge eating showed a 2.6% increase in percentage overweight in response to acute treatment, whereas those without binge eating showed an 8.5% decrease; this difference was not maintained during longer-term follow-up. Children who reported binge eating comprised 11.5% of study subjects, and they were younger; had more depressive, anxiety, and eating disorder symptoms; and had lower self-esteem than those without binge eating. [34]

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