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Testing the addictive appetite model of binge eating: The importance of craving, coping, and reward enhancement

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Monica Leslie, Robert Turton, Emilee E. Burgess, Bruno Palazzo Nazar, Janet Treasure

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-550
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number6
Early online date3 Jul 2018
Accepted/In press13 Jun 2018
E-pub ahead of print3 Jul 2018
PublishedNov 2018


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In the current study, we examine components of the “addictive appetite” model of recurrent binge eating. Specifically, we tested the influence of addictive processes and the influence of emotional regulation processes on recurrent binge eating behaviour. We recruited 79 women in total for the current study; 22 with bulimia nervosa, 26 weight-matched lean comparison women, 15 women with binge eating disorder, and 16 weight-matched overweight/obese comparison women. Participants completed questionnaire assessments of food craving and motivations for eating. Compared to weight-matched comparison women, women with binge-type eating disorders endorse significantly greater levels of food craving, eating for purposes of coping, and eating for purposes of reward enhancement. A cluster analysis revealed that these three traits distinguish women with binge-type eating disorders from weight-matched comparison women. These findings provide support for the addictive appetite model of binge eating behaviour, and highlight addictive and emotional regulation processes as potential targets for treatment.

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