Effects of bariatric surgery on binge eating and related psychopathology

  • Melissa A. Kalarchian
  • G.T Wilson
  • R.E. Brolin
  • L. Bradley
Original Research Paper


The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ), and the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) were administered to 50 morbidly obese patients before and after gastric bypass surgery. Subjects were classified as non-binge or binge eaters prior to surgery. Though the two groups differed markedly before operation, they were largely indistinguishable 4 months afterward. A)1 binge eating had ceased and mood had improved markedly. TFEQ Restraint scores increased, and Disinhibition and Hunger scores decreased. EDE Eating Concern, Shape Concern, and Weight Concern scores dropped. EDE Restraint scores decreased in non-binge caters and increased in binge eaters. The overall findings indicate that gastric bypass surgery had a positive short-term impact on non-binge and binge eaters alike.

Key words

Morbid obesity eating disorders binge eating bariatric surgery gastric bypass weight loss 


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© Editrice Kurtis 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa A. Kalarchian
    • 1
  • G.T Wilson
    • 2
  • R.E. Brolin
    • 3
  • L. Bradley
    • 3
  1. 1.Westem Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh school of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  3. 3.Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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