Executive Functioning and Behavioral Impulsivity of Young Women Who Binge Eat

Volume 46, Issue 2

About the Course:

A deeper understanding of the neuropsychological functioning of individuals with eating disorders (EDs) is important as it provides direction for the psychological and pharmacological treatment of these disorders.1 In addition, the identification of neuropsychological impairments associated with EDs has the potential to provide an objective means of evaluating symptom severity and prognosis.2 Despite the clear advantages of neuropsychological research in EDs, most of this work has focused on individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN),2 and little research has investigated individuals who engage in binge eating in the absence of regular compensatory behaviors. This course examines the link between binge eating, executive functioning, and behavioral impulsivity.


Wiley Interscience Journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

March 2013


Nichole R. Kelly, MS; Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD; Suzanne E. Mazzeo, PhD

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, public health workers, and other health and mental health care professionals and researchers who seek knowledge about the potential cognitive and behavioral factors associated with binge eating behavior.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the available evidence on the link between binge eating behavior and executive functioning among adult women.

  2. Describe the available evidence on the link between binge eating behavior and various domains of behavioral impulsivity among adult women.

  3. Identify several factors that may cofound the results of previous investigations which identified a significant link between binge eating and executive dysfunction.

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