Alexithymia, obesity, and binge eating disorder

Martinae de Zwaan, Michael Bach, James E. Mitchell, Diann Ackard, Sheila M. Specker, Richard L. Pyle, Georg Pakesch

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Eighty‐three obese subjects with binge eating disorder (BED) were compared with 99 obese subjects not meeting criteria for BED on the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS). Overall, the subjects in our sample were not significantly alexithymic, the mean global TAS score being 62.8 (SD = 10.2) which is comparable with the values found in nonpatient control samples. Furthermore, the mean TAS scores did not differ between obese subjects with and without BED. However, we found a slightly higher prevalence of alexithymia (TAS total score 74 and above) in BED subjects compared with non‐BED subjects (24.1% and 11.1%, respectively). A series of stepwise multiple regression analyses were run, exhibiting a significant relationship between the TAS and educational level and the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) subscales Interpersonal Distrust and Ineffectiveness. Age, body mass index, measures of depression, and eating pathology did not predict TAS scores. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1995

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