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ERIC Number: ED308456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 10
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Differentiation between Bulimia and Food Addiction in a Community Sample.
Webbe, Frank M.; Clontz, Joanne
Most studies of bulimics have used an identified, clinical sample of individuals who have been evaluated and diagnosed by professional mental health workers. In this study, self-reported food addicts completed a questionnaire that assessed demographic as well as behavioral and cognitive factors related to their eating. The intent was to describe the characteristics of a large community sample of persons with compulsive eating disorders, as well as to describe demographic and behavioral differences between bulimics and compulsive overeaters or food addicts who generally are obese. Data were collected through the Food Addiction Hot Line, a national referral and information source advertised to compulsive eaters which referred callers to Overeater's Anonymous and sent them a packet of information about food addiction and compulsive eating and a data-collection survey. Approximately 11,000 calls have been logged, with more than 2,500 surveys returned. Except for differences in the incidence of purging or other abnormal weight-control methods, the sample was homogeneous. Most respondents were obese, worried about their weight and shape, had out-of-control eating, ate refined carbohydrates in binges, and usually had binges more than once a day. Although most individuals would not be diagnosed as bulimic, they suffered from similar compulsive eating disorders. The data reflect a real public health issue that needs to be addressed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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