A qualitative study of binge -eating disorder in women: Experiences of body and selfedit
This qualitative study inquired about binge-eating disorder (BED) in a community sample of thirteen women through in-depth narrative accounts fo their experiences of body and self; exploring what personal events and emotional states women associate with the onset and recurrence of BED. This research yielded eight prominent thematic categories: food as distraction, food as comfort, shame, self-regulation and self-soothing function, trauma, family environment, consequences of binge-eating disorder and coping strategies for managing binge eating. These findings, consistent with prior literature, point to key biopsychosocial factors that may thwart women’s experiences of body and self. Binge-eating disorder was shown to be a trauma-related sequelae among the majority of participants who evidenced disassociation, as an associated phenomena, co-occurring binging episodes. Overall, the findings suggest that treatment for BED requires interventions specific to the body and self-states shown to be characteristic of this population. An integrative model addressing trauma and addiction-related phenomena is indicated for future research.