Psychiatric comorbidity in a Brazilian sample of patients with binge-eating disorder

Leonardo F. Fontenelle, Mauro Vítor Mendlowicz, Gabriela Bezerra De Menezes, Marcelo Papelbaum, Silvia R. Freitas, Amélio Godoy-Matos, Walmir Coutinho, José Carlos Appolinário

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We compared sociodemographic characteristics and psychiatric status in obese Brazilian patients who did (n=32) and did not (n=33) meet DSM-IV criteria for binge-eating disorder (BED). The sample's mean age was 35.0 years (±10.5), with 92.3% of individuals being female and 41.5% having some higher education. Obese binge eaters (OBE) were significantly more likely than obese non-binge eaters to meet criteria for a current diagnosis of any axis I disorder, any mood disorder and any anxiety disorder. Specifically, OBE patients were characterized by significantly higher rates of current and lifetime histories of major depressive disorder. Similar to patients from developed countries, Brazilian patients with BED display increased rates of psychiatric comorbidity, particularly mood and anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Obesity

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Fontenelle, L. F., Mendlowicz, M. V., De Menezes, G. B., Papelbaum, M., Freitas, S. R., Godoy-Matos, A., Coutinho, W., & Appolinário, J. C. (2003). Psychiatric comorbidity in a Brazilian sample of patients with binge-eating disorder. Psychiatry Research, 119(1-2), 189-194.