Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Obese binge eating women had no weight loss with diet or non-diet therapies

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

OpenUrlCrossRefPubMedWeb of Science

Question In women who are overweight and binge eat, is a non-dieting intervention as effective as a behavioural dieting intervention?


Randomised controlled trial with follow up at 6 and 18 months.


Texas, USA.


219 women between 25–50 years of age (mean age 40 y, 85% white) who responded to media advertisements and were 14–41 kg overweight; scored >20 on the Binge Eating Scale (BES); had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular, or gastrointestinal diseases; had no purging behaviour within the previous 6 months; were not pregnant or breast feeding; had physician clearance for a walking regimen; were not enrolled in another weight loss programme; and did not smoke.


Women were allocated to dieting treatment (DT) (n=79), non-dieting treatment (NDT) (n=78), or to a waiting list control (WLC) group (n=62). Participants in the 2 treatment groups attended 24 weekly 1 hour group sessions led by a psychotherapist and a dietitian and …

View Full Text


  • Sources of funding: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and American Heart Association and its Puerto Rican Affiliate.

  • For correspondence: Dr G K Goodrick, Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 6535 Fannin, Mailstop F-700, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Fax +1 713 798 4888.