Long-term efficacy of psychological treatments for binge eating disorder

The British Journal of Psychiatry, 03/05/2012

The results document the long–term efficacy of out–patient cognitive–behavioural therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for binge eating disorder.


  • Ninety people with binge eating disorder were assessed 4 years after treatment cessation within a randomised trial.


  • Participants showed substantial long-term recovery, partial remission, clinically significant improvement and significant reductions in associated psychopathology, despite relapse tendencies in single secondary outcomes.
  • Body mass index remained stable.
  • While the IPT group demonstrated an improvement in eating disorder symptoms over the follow-up period, the CBT group reported a worsening of symptoms, but treatments did not differ at any time point.

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