J. Yanovski is a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service, DHHS.
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2009
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 8, pages 707–716, December 2010
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Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Elliott, C., Wolkoff, L. E., Columbo, K. M., Ranzenhofer, L. M., Roza, C. A., Yanovski, S. Z. and Yanovski, J. A. (2010), Salience of loss of control for pediatric binge episodes: Does size really matter?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 707–716. doi: 10.1002/eat.20767
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- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 AUG 2009
- Intramural Research Program
- NIH. Grant Number: Z01-HD-00641
- USUHS. Grant Number: R072IC
- NICHD National Research Service Award. Grant Number: 1F32HD056762
- binge eating;
- loss of control eating;
The subjective experience of loss of control (LOC) during eating, independent of overeating, may be a salient marker of disordered eating and risk for overweight in youth. However, few studies have directly tested this notion in an adequately powered sample.
Three-hundred-sixty-seven youth (M ± SD age = 12.7 ± 2.8 y) were categorized as reporting objective binge eating (OBE; 12.5%), subjective binge eating (SBE; 11.4%), objective overeating without LOC (OO; 18.5%), or no episodes (NE; 57.5%). Disordered eating attitudes, general psychopathology, and adiposity were assessed.
Children with OBE and SBE generally did not differ in their disordered eating attitudes, emotional eating, eating in the absence of hunger, depressive and anxiety symptoms, or adiposity. However, both OBE and SBE youth had significantly greater disordered eating attitudes, emotional eating, eating in the absence of hunger, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and adiposity compared to those with OO or NE (ps < .05).
For non-treatment-seeking youth, LOC during eating episodes, rather than episode size, appears to be the most salient marker of eating and weight problems. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010; 43:707–716