Obesity Surgery

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Examining the Binge Eating Scale in Screening for Binge Eating Disorder in Bariatric Surgery Candidates

  • Allison E. GrupskiEmail author
  • Megan M. Hood
  • Brian J. Hall
  • Leila Azarbad
  • Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick
  • Joyce A. Corsica
Clinical Research



This study assessed the utility of the Binge Eating Scale (BES) as a measure of binge eating disorder (BED) in a bariatric surgery-seeking population by (a) determining the optimal BES cut score for predicting BED, (b) calculating concordance statistics, and (c) determining the predictive value of each BES item.


Four hundred seventy-three patients presented for a psychological evaluation prior to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. The BES and the SCID semi-structured interview for BED were administered.


Receiver operating characteristic curve analyses identified an optimal BES cut score of 17, which correctly classified 78% of patients with BED. A cut score of 27 improved this statistic, but significantly increased the number of false negatives, which is undesirable for a screening assessment. Discriminant function analyses revealed that nearly all BES items significantly predicted BED.


The BES is a valid screener of BED for patients seeking bariatric surgery; however, false positives can be expected. Administering the BES as part of a comprehensive psychological evaluation can help improve the assessment and treatment of patients presenting for bariatric surgery.


Binge eating Binge eating disorder Binge eating scale Bariatric Gastric bypass Assessment 


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison E. Grupski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Megan M. Hood
    • 1
  • Brian J. Hall
    • 2
    • 3
  • Leila Azarbad
    • 4
  • Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick
    • 1
    • 5
  • Joyce A. Corsica
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKent State UniversityKentUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentNorth Central CollegeNapervilleUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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