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."
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.