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(p. 205) Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Night Eating Disorders 

(p. 205) Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Night Eating Disorders
(p. 205) Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Night Eating Disorders

Kelly C. Allison

, and Laura A. Berner

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date: 23 September 2018

Night eating syndrome (NES) is characterized by evening hyperphagia and nocturnal ingestions. This chapter presents criteria for NES diagnosis, considerations for differential diagnosis, recommended diagnostic assessment tools, and current estimates of NES prevalence. Evidence in support of pharmacological interventions, behavioral stress management, behavioral weight loss treatment, and phototherapy for NES is reviewed. A clinical case example and detailed overview of cognitive–behavioral therapy for NES are also provided, and the potential impact of weight status on NES treatment outcome is discussed. Results from initial treatment outcome studies with small sample sizes are promising, but larger, randomized controlled trials of behavioral, pharmacological, and combination treatments for NES are needed.

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