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OBJECTIVE To propose criteria for diagnosis of the night eating syndrome (NES). METHOD An international research meeting was held in April 2008, and consensus criteria for NES diagnosis were determined. RESULTS The core criterion is an abnormally increased food intake in the evening and nighttime, manifested by (1) consumption of at least 25% of intake(More)
In March 2004 a group of 65 physicians and other health professionals representing nine countries on four continents convened in Israel to discuss the widespread public health crisis in childhood obesity. Their aim was to explore the available evidence and develop a consensus on the way forward. The process was rigorous, although time and resources did not(More)
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a proposed new diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV, cited as an example of an eating disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS). The phrase Binge Eating was introduced over 35 years ago to describe problematic behavior found in a subgroup of overweight individuals, and as a subgroup of Bulimia Nervosa. The defining characteristics(More)
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe and disabling psychiatric disorder, characterized by profound weight loss and body image disturbance. Family and twin studies indicate a significant genetic contribution to this disorder although no genetic mutation has yet been identified. The endocannabinoid system has recently been implicated in many physiological(More)
The authors investigated the applicability of self psychological treatment (SPT) and cognitive orientation treatment (COT) to the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. Thirty-three patients participated in this study. The bulimic patients (n = 25) were randomly assigned either to SPT, COT, or control/nutritional counseling only (C/NC). The anorexic patients (n(More)
OBJECTIVE Eating disorders may be associated with alterations in sleep. There is evidence that some bulimia nervosa (BN) patients have sleep abnormalities. No studies of their sleep-wake cycles in a natural environment have as yet been reported. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an objective and subjective sleep-wake cycle of BN compared to a(More)
AIM The aim of the study was to assess binge-eating episodes and to characterise sleep-wake cycles among obese children. METHOD The obese group consisted of 36 children. All participants received a diagnosis of primary obesity. The obese group was subdivided into two groups: obese with binge eating and without binge eating. A normal-weight control group(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study focused on the differential help-seeking characteristics of eating disorder (ED) patients. METHOD Written reports of 698 ED-related patients who were referred to the largest outpatient ED clinic in Israel during the period 1991-2002 were retrieved from the patient files. RESULTS The typical profile was as follows: female,(More)
The present study adopted an intergenerational approach in examining the association between parental bonding and anorexia nervosa. Forty-three anorexic participants and 33 nonclinical comparison participants completed eating disorder questionnaires and the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI). The participant's parents also completed the PBI. The anorexic(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to compare the eating attitudes and behaviors, including weight concerns and dieting behavior, among three religious subgroups (Moslems, Druze, and Christians) and three age subgroups (12-13, 14-15, and 16-18 years old) of Israeli-Arab adolescent females. METHODS The sample consisted of 1141 Israeli-Arab adolescent(More)