Sleep pattern in overweight adolescents with and without binge eating episodes

Yael Latzer, Orna Tzischinsky

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The aim of this study was to evaluate sleep-wake cycles among obese adolescents with / and without Binge Eating behavior as compared to normal weight control group. The research group consisted of 32 adolescents (age range 12-18). All participants received a diagnosis of primary obesity (OB). The OB group was subdivided into two groups: Obese with Binge Eating (OB-BE) and Obese without Binge Eating (OB-non-BE). The OB-BE diagnosis was made in accordance with partial criteria of DSM-IV for BED. A Normal Weight (NW) control group was comprised of 12 adolescents. Sleep-wake cycles were monitored for one week, using mini-actigraphs and self-report questionnaires. Actigraphic monitoring revealed no significant differences in objective and subjective sleep wake cycles between groups. Forty-eight percent of the obese adolescents reported uncontrolled binge eating episodes. It is suggested that sleep disturbances among adolescents were not directly related to overweight but rather to physical activity level or psychiatric comorbidity. It remains difficult to diagnose binge eating episods among adolescent according to the DSM IV criteria.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Dance of Sleeping and Eating among Adolescents
Subtitle of host publicationNormal and Pathological Perspectives
EditorsY. Latzer, O. Tzischinsky
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781624173660
ISBN (Print)9781612097107
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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