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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2014, Article ID 249315, 9 pages
Research Article

Binge Eating Behavior and Weight Loss Maintenance over a 2-Year Period

1Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1300 S 2nd Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
2HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, 8170 33rd Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA

Received 14 February 2014; Revised 12 April 2014; Accepted 15 April 2014; Published 8 May 2014

Academic Editor: Riccardo Dalle Grave

Copyright © 2014 Carly R. Pacanowski et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To investigate the relationship between binge eating behavior and weight loss maintenance over a two-year period in adults. Design. Secondary data analysis using the Keep It Off study, a randomized trial evaluating an intervention to promote weight loss maintenance. Participants. 419 men and women (ages: 20 to 70 y; BMI: 20–44 kg/m2) who had intentionally lost ≥10% of their weight during the previous year. Measurements. Body weight was measured and binge eating behavior over the past 6 months was reported at baseline, 12 months and 24 months. Height was measured at baseline. Results. Prevalence of binge eating at baseline was 19.4% ( ). Prevalence of binge eating at any time point was 30.1% ( ). Although rate of weight regain did not differ significantly between those who did or did not report binge eating at baseline, binge eating behavior across the study period (additive value of presence or absence at each time point) was significantly associated with different rates of weight regain. Conclusion. Tailoring weight loss maintenance interventions to address binge eating behavior is warranted given the prevalence and the different rates of weight regain experienced by those reporting this behavior.