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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 02/05/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Binge Eating Study Seeks Participants

CincinnatióResearchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine are looking for overweight volunteers to test the effectiveness of an anti-seizure medication on binge eating. According to researcher Susan McElroy, MD, director of the Biological Psychiatry Program at the UC College of Medicine, "This drug has not been tested specifically for the treatment of binge eating and is unlike medicines that are currently used for the prevention of overeating."

Since binge eating has been found to occur in about 30 percent of overweight people participating in weight loss treatment programs, a drug treatment that helps them gain control over eating excessive amounts of food could help these individuals. Obesity is a major problem for Americans and contributes to the incidence of cancer, strokes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

This is a double-blind study in which half the participants will receive the trial medication and the other half will receive placebos. Treatment is free to all eligible participants, and all inquiries are kept strictly confidential. Each volunteer must have three or more of the following symptoms of binge eating:

  • Eats much faster than others.
  • Eats lots of food when not hungry.
  • Feels depressed/guilty after overeating.
  • Eats until uncomfortably full.
  • Eats alone due to embarrassment.
  • Feels distressed about eating.

Participants must be healthy, 18 to 60 years old and overweight. For more information or to see if you may be eligible to participate in this study, call Jennifer at (513) 558-0508.

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