Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment
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Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment

Katharine Eve Jones Eating disorder practitioner, Evolve – Hull Community Eating Disorder Service, Calvert Centre, Kingston upon Hull, England

Background There is minimal provision for people with binge eating disorder despite recommendations by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. In 2015, a community-based eating disorder service in Hull, called Evolve, developed a treatment group for the disorder: the Binge Eat (BE) Free group.

Aim To explore the effectiveness of attending the BE Free group to reduce binge eating.

Method Nine clients attended a group that ran for seven consecutive weeks. Each session lasted two hours and was facilitated by two experienced eating disorder practitioners. Sessions included nutrition and psychoeducation, managing cravings and addressing the use of food to regulate emotions.

Findings All clients showed improvements in their binge eating scale scores and said they were able to regain control of their eating.

Conclusion Short-term cognitive behaviour therapy treatment for clients with binge eating disorder is effective in reducing binge eating scale scores and enhancing quality of life outcomes.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1361

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Correspondence

katharine.jones2@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Jones K (2019) Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1361

Published online: 29 April 2019

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