Obesity pp 309-319 | Cite as

Disordered Eating and Obesity



Obesity has become a pressing health problem worldwide, resulting in significant morbidity in both the physical health and psychological status of those affected. Abnormal eating behavior is commonly seen in obese individuals, and may play a central role in the success of weight loss efforts and the risk of further weight gain. Binge eating disorder and loss of control are the most commonly reported eating behavior problems in this population. However, other problematic eating behaviors seem to play an important role in obesity as well, such as grazing, night eating and emotional eating. Specific training in order for clinicians to assess and clinically address these behaviors is crucial.


Disordered Eating Obesity Binge eating Loss of Control Grazing Night Eating Syndrome Emotional Eating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Neuropsychiatric Research InstituteFargoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health SciencesFargoUSA

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