Binge Eating Scale

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Binge Eating Scale
Purposeassessment of eating behavior

The Binge Eating Scale is a sixteen item questionnaire used to assess the presence of binge eating behavior indicative of an eating disorder. It was devised by J. Gormally et al. in 1982 specifically for use with obese individuals. The questions are based upon both behavioral characteristics (e.g., amount of food consumed) and the emotional, cognitive response, guilt or shame.[1] [2]


Each question has 3–4 separate responses assigned a numerical value. The score range is from 0–46:

  • Non-binging; less than 17
  • Moderate binging; 18–26
  • Severe binging; 27 and greater

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  1. ^ Gormally, J; Black, S; Daston, S; Rardin, D (1982). "The assessment of binge eating severity among obese persons". Addictive Behaviors. 7 (1): 47–55. doi:10.1016/0306-4603(82)90024-7. PMID 7080884.
  2. ^ Celio, AA; Wilfley, DE; Crow, SJ; Mitchell, J; Walsh, BT (2004). "A comparison of the binge eating scale, questionnaire for eating and weight patterns-revised, and eating disorder examination questionnaire with instructions with the eating disorder examination in the assessment of binge eating disorder and its symptoms". The International Journal of Eating Disorders. 36 (4): 434–44. doi:10.1002/eat.20057. PMID 15558644.

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