Singlehurst, H., Corr, S., Griffiths, S. and Beaulieu, K. (2007) The impact of binge eating disorder on occupation: a pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.70(11), pp. 493-501. 1477-6006.
Singlehurst, H., Corr, S., Griffiths, S. and Beaulieu, K.
The aim of this study was to ascertain the time-use patterns of those with binge eating disorder and to determine whether the disorder has an impact on everyday activities (occupations). Mixed method questionnaires, with open and closed questions, and time-use diaries were completed by 10 participants recruited through a self-help charity group. The findings suggest that the time-use patterns of those with binge eating disorder were omparable to the patterns of the general population within the United Kingdom, with the exception of eating and socialising. Three major themes emerged: preoccupation with food, body image concerns and impact on relationships. These suggest that binge eating disorder has an impact on self-care, leisure and productivity occupations. The questionnaires revealed additional eating-related occupations, undertaken while participating in other occupations. The identification of all occupations is important to enable health care professionals to understand the meaning and purpose of the occupational engagement of each individual with binge eating disorder.