DIAGNOSIS: Eating Disorders

TREATMENT: Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder


  • Basic premise: Cognitive and behavioral interventions treat binge eating disorder by targeting the cycle of binge eating and dietary restraint. Both cognitive and behavioral interventions, including self-monitoring and normalizing eating patterns, are implemented in a group setting to reduce dietary restraint which in turn can reduce binge eating. The treatment also reduces eating disorder pathology by targeting dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs about body-image and weight (Division 12, 2015).


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Schag, K., Rennhak, S. K., Leehr, E. J., Skoda, E.-M., Becker, S., Bethge, W., Martus, P., Zipfel, S., & Giel, K. E. (2019). IMPULS: Impulsivity-Focused Group Intervention to reduce binge eating episodes in patients with binge eating disorder – a randomised controlled trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 88(3), 141–153.