Topical Section: Predictors and Correlates of Treatment Outcomes
Long-term outcome of pediatric eating pathology and predictors for the onset of loss of control over eating following weight-loss treatment
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 5, pages 397–405, July 2011
How to Cite
Goossens, L., Braet, C., Verbeken, S., Decaluwé, V. and Bosmans, G. (2011), Long-term outcome of pediatric eating pathology and predictors for the onset of loss of control over eating following weight-loss treatment. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 397–405. doi: 10.1002/eat.20848
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 JUN 2010
- Special Research Funds of Ghent University
- eating pathology;
- children and adolescents;
- prospective study;
To investigate the stability of eating pathology over a 6-year period and predictors for the onset of loss of control (LC) over eating among overweight youngsters having undergone weight-loss treatment.
Structured clinical interviews and self-report questionnaires were administered to a sample of 56 overweight youngsters (M age = 13 years) who were at the start of weight-loss treatment in 2000 and again 6 years later.
Mean levels of eating concerns, drive for thinness, bulimic symptoms, and body dissatisfaction decreased over the 6-year period. Dietary restraint, weight, and shape concerns were stable over time. Also, in 50% of those reporting objective binge eating at baseline, binge-eating episodes remained stable. Youngsters characterized by symptoms of depression in early adolescence were at a higher risk for developing new episodes of LC 6 years later. Neither concerns about eating, shape, and weight nor dietary restraint independently predicted LC.
Six years after following structured weight-loss treatment, some eating pathology variables still remain stable. Especially youngsters who already report LC at young ages appear to develop a more stable pattern of disordered eating behavior. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010