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Loss of control over eating, adiposity, and psychopathology in overweight children
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 430–441, May 2002
How to Cite
Morgan, C. M., Yanovski, S. Z., Nguyen, T. T., McDuffie, J., Sebring, N. G., Jorge, M. R., Keil, M. and Yanovski, J. A. (2002), Loss of control over eating, adiposity, and psychopathology in overweight children. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 430–441. doi: 10.1002/eat.10038
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 NOV 2001
- Office of Research on Monority Health the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Number: Z-01-HD-04-00641 (JAY)
- binge eating;
To investigate the relationship between loss of control over eating, adiposity, and psychological distress in a nontreatment sample of overweight children.
Based on self-reports of eating episodes, 112 overweight children, 6–10 years old, were categorized using the Questionnaire of Eating and Weight Patterns–Adolescent Version into those describing episodes of loss of control over eating (LC), and those with no loss of control (NoLC). Groups were compared on measures of adiposity, dieting, and eating behavior, and associated psychological distress.
LC children (33.1%) were heavier and had greater amounts of body fat than NoLC children. They also had higher anxiety, more depressive symptoms, and more body dissatisfaction. 5.3% met questionnaire criteria for BED. Episodes of loss of control occurred infrequently, were often contextual, and involved usual meal foods.
As in adults, overweight children reporting loss of control over eating have greater severity of obesity and more psychological distress than those with no such symptoms. It remains unknown whether children who endorse loss of control over eating before adolescence will be those who develop the greatest difficulties with binge eating or obesity in adulthood. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 430–441, 2002.