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Binge Eating Disorder: What Is the Role of Physical Activity Associated with Dietary and Psychological Treatment?

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Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Via G. Colombo 71, 20133 Milan, Italy
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IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Via R. Galeazzi 4, 20161 Milan, Italy
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Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Stawki 5/7, 00-183 Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Research, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, Via G. Venezian 1, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Department of Clinical Neurosciences, IRCCS San Raffaele Turro, Via S. d’Ancona 20, 20127 Milan, Italy
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Nutrients 2020, 12(12), 3622; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12123622
Received: 19 October 2020 / Revised: 13 November 2020 / Accepted: 22 November 2020 / Published: 25 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutritional Epidemiology)
Binge eating patients present lower physical activity levels, which could be associated with lower exercise capacity. Specific physical activity can ensure broad beneficial results relating to eating disorders, depression, and body mass index (BMI) in bulimia; however, research on binge eating disorder (BED) is scarce. Our study aimed to investigate the effects of specific training as an addition to conventional treatment of eating disorder symptoms, anthropometric characteristics, and physical performance. Nineteen women with BED were included in a dietary and cognitive-behavioral therapy program. After medical examination, 10 women carried out Combined Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise Training in addition to conventional treatment (CAAET group), whereas the remaining 9 followed the conventional treatment alone (CTRL group). All of the measurements were assessed before and after six months of treatment. In both groups, we observed a significant decrease in binge episodes, weight, and body mass index, and an increase in exercise capacity. Moreover, the CAAET group presented a greater improvement in aerobic performance than that observed in the CTRL group. Our results suggest that both interventions similarly improved BED symptoms. The addition of physical activity could be important in the long-term maintenance of both weight loss and reduction in binge episodes in BED patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: binge eating disorder; physical activity; eating disorder symptoms; cognitive-behavioral therapy; dietary program; women binge eating disorder; physical activity; eating disorder symptoms; cognitive-behavioral therapy; dietary program; women
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Galasso, L.; Montaruli, A.; Jankowski, K.S.; Bruno, E.; Castelli, L.; Mulè, A.; Chiorazzo, M.; Ricceri, A.; Erzegovesi, S.; Caumo, A.; Roveda, E.; Esposito, F. Binge Eating Disorder: What Is the Role of Physical Activity Associated with Dietary and Psychological Treatment? Nutrients 2020, 12, 3622. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12123622

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Galasso L, Montaruli A, Jankowski KS, Bruno E, Castelli L, Mulè A, Chiorazzo M, Ricceri A, Erzegovesi S, Caumo A, Roveda E, Esposito F. Binge Eating Disorder: What Is the Role of Physical Activity Associated with Dietary and Psychological Treatment? Nutrients. 2020; 12(12):3622. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12123622

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Galasso, Letizia, Angela Montaruli, Konrad S. Jankowski, Eleonora Bruno, Lucia Castelli, Antonino Mulè, Mirella Chiorazzo, Alberto Ricceri, Stefano Erzegovesi, Andrea Caumo, Eliana Roveda, and Fabio Esposito. 2020. "Binge Eating Disorder: What Is the Role of Physical Activity Associated with Dietary and Psychological Treatment?" Nutrients 12, no. 12: 3622. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12123622

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