Beating the binge

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Binge eating is a common and severe phenomenon with many negative consequences. Even though effective treatments for binge eating do exist, many people do not fully recover. And even those who initially do, often still revert to their old patterns over time. In order to improve existing treatments for binge eating, we are conducting three consecutive studies in which we investigate the predictors of binge eating using systematic assessments in daily life and examine how and when to intervene to prevent binge eating episodes outside of the therapist’s office as well.

In the project we ask people with recurrent binge eating episodes to monitor their eating behavior using a smartphone app. Before and after each eating moment, and at random times during the day, they will answer questions about eating, thoughts, emotions, and the context in which these take place. In some of the studies, participants will also wear a smartwatch which continuously gathers information about e.g., activity level, heart rate, and sleeping pattern. This way, the key predictors of binge eating can be identified. This information will then be used to develop a semi-tailored self-learning e-coach (also presented via an app) that can predict binge eating episodes and that can offer support when people are at risk for binge eating (just-in-time-interventions). The ultimate goal is to test this intervention as an add-on to existing treatments for binge eating, hereby bridging the gap between the therapist’s office and daily life.

(How) can I participate?

  The first study of the Beating the Binge project has been completed. We are currently busy setting up the second study. We expect to be able to start recruitment in November. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest developments!

To check whether you are eligible to take part in the study, you first need to fill in a short screening survey. This questionnaire also contains further details about the study. All data will be handled and stored confidentially.

Unfortunately, not everyone can participate. You can NOT take part in the study if you:

  • Do not own a smartphone.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 18.5.
  • Are pregnant.
  • Some psychological problems also rule out participation (for this we refer to the questionnaire).

After you have completed the screening survey, you will be informed right away about the outcome. In case you seem to be eligible for participation, you will be invited for a telephone interview during which final eligibility for the study will be determined.