Portions of this manuscript were presented at the 2012 International Conference on Eating Disorders, Austin, Texas.
Regular Article (CE Activity)
Article first published online: 27 SEP 2012
Published 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 8, pages 957–961, December 2012
How to Cite
Matheson, B. E., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shafer-Berger, S., Sedaka, N. M., Mooreville, M., Reina, S. A., Vannucci, A., Shomaker, L. B., Yanovski, S. Z. and Yanovski, J. A. (2012), Eating patterns in youth with and without loss of control eating. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 957–961. doi: 10.1002/eat.22063
Published 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This article is a U.S. Government work and, as such, is in the public domain of the United States of America.
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 27 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 AUG 2012
- Intramural Research Program
- NIH. Grant Number: 1ZIAHD000641
- NIMHD and OBSSR. Grant Number: 1R01DK080906
- NIDDK. Grant Number: R0721C
- USUHS. Grant Numbers: 1F32HD056762, 1K99HD069516
- loss of control eating;
- meal patterns
To compare the characteristic meal patterns of adolescents with and without loss of control (LOC) eating episodes.
The Eating Disorder Examination was administered to assess self-reported LOC and frequency of meals consumed in an aggregated sample of 574 youths (12–17 years; 66.6% female; 51.2% Caucasian; BMI-z: 1.38 ± 1.11), among whom 227 (39.6%) reported LOC eating.
Compared to those without LOC, youth with LOC were less likely to consume lunch and evening meals (p's < .05), but more likely to consume morning, afternoon, and nocturnal snacks (p's ≤ .05), accounting for age, sex, race, socio-economic status, BMI-z, and treatment-seeking status.
Adolescents with reported LOC eating appear to engage in different meal patterns compared to youth without LOC, and adults with binge eating. Further research is needed to determine whether the meal patterns that characterize adolescents with LOC play a role in worsening disordered eating and/or excessive weight gain. Published 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)