Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to know the level of binge eating in overweight adults in southern Taiwan.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to know the significant explaining factors for the level of binge eating in southern Taiwan.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional, questionnaire survey study with a convenience sampling method. The level of binge eating was measured using binge eating scale. A total of 141 participants completed the questionnaires.
Results: The study result showed that 19.9 % participants had experienced binge eating. However, the average level of binge eating was low. The participants of female, BMI≧30 kg/m2,unemployed, no income, having dieting experience, having taken weight loss measures in addition to dieting had a higher level of binge eating score. The level of weight- related stigma and monthly income were significant explaining factors of binge eating.
Conclusion: The low level of binge eating score in this study might be attributed to that the original cut points were developed based on western society. There is a need to build appropriate cut points of binge eating scale for Taiwanese overweight people. Health care providers should aware the occurrence of binge eating among overweight people and the influence of weight- related stigma and low income on overweight people’s binge eating behaviors.