Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (UNITE)
WHAT IS UNITE?
UNITE is a collaborative treatment study between the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience that is examining two different treatments for binge-eating disorder (BED). UNITE is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.
WHAT IS BINGE-EATING DISORDER?
Binge-eating disorder (BED) is a serious condition that can significantly impair one’s quality of life. Individuals with BED may feel out of control while eating or feel like they can’t stop once they have started. People with BED may experience guilt or shame about their eating as well as distress about shape and weight. BED affects both women and men.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Participation in UNITE includes 16 weeks of study-related treatment conducted by experienced therapists. Your progress will be monitored up to 6 months after treatment. You will also complete questionnaires and receive up to $100 for your time.
TREATMENT AT NO COST
Eating and weight concerns can take a toll on your health and well-being. They can also influence your relationships. There is no cost to you to participate in this study.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
The UNITE program may be appropriate for you if:
- You (or your partner) are currently experiencing binge-eating
- You and your partner have been in a committed relationship for at least 6 months
- You are both at least 18 years old
- You are both interested in participating in the study
- You are able to travel to Chapel Hill, NC weekly for treatment
If the above sounds like you or your partner, you may be eligible to participate in UNITE. For more information, please call our study coordinator at (984) 974-3802 or email us at UNITE@unc.edu.