1st Edition

Binge-Eating Disorder
Clinical Foundations and Treatment

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ISBN 9781593855949
Published November 29, 2007 by Guilford Press
214 Pages

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Book Description

This innovative scientific reference and clinical tool is virtually two books in one. Part I thoroughly yet succinctly reviews the literature on binge-eating disorder, covering diagnosis and epidemiology, clinical features and course, links to obesity, medical risks, and current treatment data. Part II provides an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment manual. Session-by-session guidelines address how to help individuals or groups change their eating behavior, cope with emotional triggers, restructure problematic thoughts, deal with body image concerns and associated problems, maintain improvement, and prevent relapse. Featured are more than 40 clearly explained homework assignments and handouts, all in a large-size format with permission to photocopy.

Table of Contents


I. What We Know about Binge-Eating Disorder and Its Treatment

1. Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Binge-Eating Disorder

2. Clinical Features, Longitudinal Course, and Psychopathology of Binge-Eating Disorder

3. Binge-Eating Disorder and Obesity

4. Eating Behavior, Psychobiology, Medical Risks, and Pharmacotherapy of Binge-Eating Disorder

5. Binge-Eating Disorder and Bariatric Surgery

6. Psychotherapy for Binge-Eating Disorder

7. Binge-Eating Disorder and the Future

II. A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program for Binge-Eating Disorder

Introduction to This Treatment Program

Session-by-Session Therapist Guidelines

Patient Materials: Session-by-Session Handouts and Worksheets

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James E. Mitchell, MD, is NRI/Lee A. Christofferson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and President of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. Dr. Mitchell focuses primarily on research in the areas of eating disorders and obesity. He is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Mitchell has published more than 300 scientific articles and has either authored or edited 12 books.

Michael J. Devlin, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Associate Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His major academic interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with eating disorders. Dr. Devlin is an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is past president of that organization. He serves on the editorial boards of two journals, the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Eating Behaviors. In addition to research in eating disorders, Dr. Devlin is active in medical student education and in the training and supervision of psychiatry residents, particularly in cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Martina de Zwaan, MD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Erlangen, Germany. She is the author of numerous scientific and clinical papers on the subject of eating disorders, mainly bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and obesity.

Scott J. Crow, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. His research examines the course, outcome, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Crow is the recipient of an Independent Scientist Award (from the National Institute of Mental Health) focusing on the course, outcome, and treatment of eating disorders. He is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and director of the Eating Disorder/Assessment Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center.

Carol B. Peterson, PhD, is Research Associate/Assistant Professor in the Eating Disorders Research Program at the University of Minnesota, where her investigations have focused on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and obesity. She has authored over 50 articles and book chapters and has served as an investigator on several federally funded grants. Dr. Peterson is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and has a part-time private practice in which she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.


"Disorders of appetite control have a major cost for individuals and society. Even though there is uncertainty about whether binge eating disorder is a distinct diagnostic entity, there is no doubt that this is a common source of distress and disability. This book is an essential tool for clinicians and students. The research evidence has been extracted and analyzed in a readily accessible format, and ambiguities and uncertainties in the field are clearly presented. The cognitive-behavioral intervention model in the second part of the book is an excellent example of how science can be translated into treatment."--Janet Treasure, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, Eating Disorders Research Unit, Department of Academic Psychiatry, Guy's Hospital, London, UK

"This book combines a thoughtful consideration of the status of binge-eating disorder together with a manual for a multimodal treatment program that has been in use for a decade and has been tested in controlled trials. It will be useful for both psychologists and psychiatrists in training, as well as practitioners."--W. Stewart Agras, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Emeritus), Stanford University

"In the years since the formulation of provisional diagnostic criteria for binge-eating disorder (BED), research on this problem has proliferated. Now a group of the foremost experts in the field have compiled a comprehensive volume that provides state-of-the-art information on all aspects of BED. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers, clinicians, and educators, and a 'must' for all serious students of eating disorders."--Marsha D. Marcus, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Chief, Eating Disorders Program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

"A splendid contribution by a seasoned, expert team of authors. The volume combines first-class scholarship with clinical wisdom and practical experience, and succeeds admirably in providing a comprehensive yet succinct summary of the state of the art and science in this field. Essential reading for clinicians, who will especially appreciate the user-friendly, evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment program."--G. Terence Wilson, PhD, Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University; Director, Rutgers Eating Disorders Clinic

This book contains concise and useful information for the clinician and a practical manualized cognitive-behavioral treatment for BED.
--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 10/20/2007ƒƒ
This is an excellent book....It covers all of the current research and clinical treatment guidelines clearly and succinctly. The discussion of the research is thoughtful and thought-provoking....I would highly recommend this book to anyone who encounters patients with eating disorders....5 stars!
--Doody's Review Service, 10/20/2007