Disordered eating and food cravings among urban obese African American women

ArticleinEating Behaviors 8(3):374-81 · September 2007with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.58 · DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2006.11.014 · Source: PubMed


    The prevalence of night eating syndrome (NES), binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa (BN) and the general experience of food cravings were examined in 88 obese urban African American women.
    Participants were administered The Questionnaire on Eating and Weight Patterns-R, the Night Eating Syndrome Questionnaire, and the State and Trait Food Cravings Questionnaire, Trait version (FCQ-T).
    Twenty-eight percent reported symptoms of eating disorders (18.9% NES, 6.4% recurrent binge eating, 2.2% both NES and recurrent binge eating). Those reporting disordered eating had significantly higher total FCQ-T scores than those not reporting disordered eating. Persons endorsing recurrent binge eating had the highest mean score, followed by those reporting NES. Those who identified themselves as binge eaters and night eaters were not significantly different from each other, but both groups were significantly different than the no eating disorder symptoms group on various subscales of the FCQ-T.
    Obese African American women report significant levels of NES and binge eating which may contribute to the development and/ or maintenance of obesity.