Vol. 122, No. 1 (Supplement) 2017
Supplement abstract

“Muoversi in equilibrio” project: effects on balance capacity in Binge Eating Disorder

Published 2017-10-06


  • Binge eating disorder,
  • psychiatric subjects,
  • balance,
  • OLST,
  • SEBT

How to Cite

Galasso, L., Pesenti, C., Mulè, A., Bruno, E., Caumo, A., Roveda, E., & Montaruli, A. (2017). “Muoversi in equilibrio” project: effects on balance capacity in Binge Eating Disorder. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 122(1), 99. Retrieved from https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/ijae/article/view/1890


Patients with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are characterized by the consumption of a large amount of food in a short period of time, accompanied by a perceived sense of loss of control over the eating episode. Although obesity is not a DSM-V criterion for BED, there is a strong association between BED, obesity and physical inactivity [1]. In this study we evaluated if a structured physical activity program influences static and dynamic balance in BED patients. For the study we recruited 18 BED patients, 15 females and 3 males, aged 53.1 ± 14.9 (mean ± SD). Subjects physically/pathologically unable in doing physical activity were excluded. The participants, in addition to medical treatment, performed a physical activity program for 6 months. The exercise session consists on aerobic, balance and strength activity performed in four weekly sessions of 90 minutes. In basal conditions and after 6 months were assessed: One Legged Stance Test to evaluate the static balance and Star Excursion Balance Test for the dynamic balance. The comparison between baseline and after 6 months results showed a significant improvement for either motor skills tests: OLST dx-sx (t Student p<.001) and SEBT dx-sx (t Student p<.01). The addition of exercise training in the traditional treatment for BED patients constitutes a novel potential therapeutic approach in eating disorder.