Dialectical behavior therapy skills training reduces binge eating among patients seeking weight-management services: preliminary evidence

  • Aislin R. MushquashEmail author
  • Mandy McMahan
Brief Report

Binge eating involves rapidly and uncontrollably eating a large amount of food in a short time period. Research suggests that binge eating is common among people seeking bariatric1 (weight-management) services with prevalence rates upwards of 50 %. Binge eating is associated with poorer weight loss and weight regain after bariatric services or alternative attempts at weight loss [1, 2]. Given the high rates of binge eating among people seeking bariatric services and its negative impact on weight-loss outcomes [1, 2, 3], targeting binge eating in patients seeking bariatric services may be useful to enable optimal treatment response. However, programs aimed at targeting binge eating are not routinely offered in bariatric programs. This manuscript describes the implementation and evaluation of a targeted intervention for binge eating among a group of patients accessing bariatric services.

The intervention used in the present study was adapted from Linehan’s [4] manualized dialectical...


Binge Eating Psychosocial Functioning Binge Eating Disorder Dialectical Behavior Therapy Distress Tolerance 
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Conflict of interest

A. R. Mushquash and M. McMahan declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Standards

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Joseph’s Care Group Mental Health Outpatient ProgramsThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences CentreThunder BayCanada

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