Perception of control during episodes of eating: Relationships with quality of life and eating psychopathology
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 115–119, January 2012
How to Cite
Jenkins, P. E., Conley, C. S., Rienecke Hoste, R., Meyer, C. and Blissett, J. M. (2012), Perception of control during episodes of eating: Relationships with quality of life and eating psychopathology. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 115–119. doi: 10.1002/eat.20913
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 NOV 2010
Experience of loss of control (LOC) during eating is an important indicator of pathology, although this concept has not received a great deal of research attention. The present study explores how quality of life (QoL) is related to LOC during eating.
Three hundred and thirty-nine female university students completed measures of eating pathology, general psychiatric symptomatology, and QoL. They were subsequently categorized according to the degree of LOC experienced during eating into one of five groups: no binge eating (NBE); objective overeating (OOE); objective binge eating (OBE); subjective binge eating (SBE); and a mixed OBE/SBE group (Mixed).
Individuals who experienced LOC during eating reported significantly poorer QoL and more psychiatric symptoms.
In a nonclinical female sample, LOC during eating appeared to be a more important marker of pathology and poorer self-reported QoL than the amount of food eaten. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)