erica057 (erica057) wrote in ed_ucate,
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Does restaurant eating encourage binge eating? (article)

Via http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2006/12/20/does_restaurant_eating_encourage_binging.php

A recent study has shown that eating out can encourage overeating or binging. Or perhaps those who do binge tend to visit restaurants more often...

The study (full PDF / abstract) compared food diaries of 117 women (46 who were "dieters" and 71 who had a history of binging).

"Both bingers and dieters consumed significantly more calories (226-253 kcal) and fat (10.4-16.0 gm) on restaurant days."

The Calories may not seem huge, but given that both groups were eating out approximately half of the days of the week (i.e. 3-4 times) -- then it does begin to make a difference.

The research also noted that:

"Women who binged more frequently were also more likely to eat out and experience difficulty with controlling their intake at restaurants."
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