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Driven Exercise in the Absence of Binge Eating: Implications for Purging Disorder

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"Driven Exercise in the Absence of Binge Eating: Implications for Purging Disorder"

Purging disorder, an “other specified eating disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, has an emerging literature, but driven exercise as a potential “purging” behavior has received minimal attention because it is not currently included or discussed in the diagnostic criteria. This article compares the psychopathology of individuals who reported regular driven exercise in the absence of binge eating with individuals who reported regular vomiting/laxative misuse in the absence of binge eating. These “purging” groups were compared with two groups: individuals with broadly-defined anorexia nervosa, and individuals who denied eating-disorder behaviors. In addition to eating disorder psychopathology and behaviors, groups were also compared on depression and overall physical activity levels.

This course is based on the article, Driven Exercise in the Absence of Binge Eating: Implications for Purging Disorder created by Janet Lydecker, PhD., et al. in 2017.

Journal/Publisher:

Academy for Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

November 2017

Course Material Author

Janet Lydecker, PhD

Dr, Lydecker is an Assitant Professor of Psychology at the Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale. She has been involved in multiple clinical studies regarding Binge Eating and has published more than 50 articles.

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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. The content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize similarities and differences in eating disorder psychopathology between those who engage in driven exercise alone and those who engage in vomiting or misusing laxatives.

  2. Acknowledge the severity of psychopathology associated with driven exercise.

  3. Identify the potential implications of conceptualizing driven exercise as a purging behavior in purging disorder in clinical assessment and treatment.

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