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Press Release for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UNF Recruiting Participants in New Binge-Eating Disorder Study

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida is currently recruiting participants for a Web-based binge-eating disorder intervention study.

Binge-eating disorder (BED) is a serious eating disorder in which a patient frequently consumes unusually large amounts of food and feels that she or he is unable to stop eating. BED is the most prevalent eating disorder that affects 2 to 5 percent of the general population, approximately 3 million men and 5 million women in the United States.

Funded by an Us Group women’s grant from the UNF Brooks College of Health and in collaboration with, a telehealth software company, faculty in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program will be researching and determining if a Web-based video conferencing intervention could help treat patients with binge-eating disorder.

“We hope that by using the telehealth software we can determine whether or not a Web-based intervention would be an effective and safe method for treating patients with BED,” said Dr. Zhiping Yu, UNF assistant professor of nutrition and principal investigator of the study.

In this study, psychotherapists and registered dieticians who are specialized in eating disorders will provide three months of complementary counseling to BED patients, either via face-to-face sessions or via safe and secure video conferencing software.

UNF Researchers are currently recruiting participants for this study. Participants should be female and 18 years or older, with a body mass index between 25 and 40, a demonstrated binge-eating behavior and available/accessible Internet access. Participants may be compensated for their time.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, contact Dr. Zhiping Yu at or by phone at (904) 620-5282.

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