Binge Eating among Women Veterans in Primary Care: Comorbidities and Treatment Priorities

Diane L. Rosenbaum, Rachel Kimerling, Alyssa Pomernacki, Karen M. Goldstein, Elizabeth M. Yano, Anne G. Sadler, Diane Carney, Lori A. Bastian, Bevanne A. Bean-Mayberry, Susan M. Frayne

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Background Little is known about the clinical profile and treatment priorities of women with binge eating disorder (BED), a diagnosis new to the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. We identified comorbidities and patients' treatment priorities, because these may inform implementation of clinical services. Methods Data were collected from women veteran primary care patients. Analyses compared those who screened positive for BED (BED+), and those without any binge eating symptoms (BED−). Results Frequencies of comorbid medical and psychological disorders were high in the BED+ group. The BED+ group's self-identified most common treatment priorities were mood concerns (72.2%), weight loss (66.7%), and body image/food issues (50%). Among those with obesity, a greater proportion of the BED+ group indicated body image/food issues was their top treatment priority (12.9% vs. 2.8%; p < .01), suggesting that these patients may be more apt to seek treatment beyond weight management for their problematic eating patterns. Conclusions Women primary care patients with BED demonstrate high medical and psychological complexity; their subjective treatment priorities often match objective needs. These findings may inform the development of targeted BED screening practices for women with obesity in primary care settings, and the eventual adoption of patient-centered BED treatment resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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