Location where work was conducted: Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg and University of Leipzig Medical Center, Leipzig, Germany
Childhood loss of control eating over five-year follow-up
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: Developmental Risk for Eating Disorders across the Lifespan
Volume 47, Issue 7, pages 758–761, November 2014
How to Cite
Hilbert, A. and Brauhardt, A. (2014), Childhood loss of control eating over five-year follow-up. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 47: 758–761. doi: 10.1002/eat.22312
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 20 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 3 FEB 2014
- binge-eating disorder;
- loss of control eating;
Emerging prospective evidence from mixed samples, mostly covering short-term follow-up periods, suggests that childhood loss of control (LOC) eating predicts significant impairment in mental and physical health. This study sought to investigate the natural course of childhood LOC eating over the long term and in relation to binge-eating disorder (BED) diagnosis, psychopathology, and body weight trajectory in the community.
A total of 60 children (8–13 years) with LOC eating within the past 3 months and 60 demographically matched children without LOC history were assessed with the Eating Disorder Examination adapted for Children and self-report questionnaires over a 5.5 year follow-up period. Missing data were imputed.
Over follow-up, 38.3% of children showed persistent LOC eating, and 28.3% revealed an onset of LOC eating. Persistent LOC eating significantly predicted onset of partial-/full-syndrome BED at follow-up. Negative prognostic effects on eating disorder psychopathology, depressive symptoms, and body mass index were nonsignificant.
The results indicate a moderate stability of LOC eating over the long term. LOC eating, especially if stable, was suggested as a variable risk factor of clinically relevant eating disturbances. In contrast, a prognostic value for psychopathology and body mass index was not confirmed. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2014; 47:758–761)