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J Health Psychol. 2008 Sep;13(6):733-43. doi: 10.1177/1359105308093850.

Differences in eating style between overweight and normal-weight youngsters.

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  • 1Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology, Ghent University, and Children's Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium. Caroline.Braet@ugent.be

Abstract

Differences in eating styles between overweight and normal-weight youngsters were investigated with a child version of the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DEBQ). Subjects were children (n=1458; M: 10.1; SD=1.3) and adolescents (n=1016; M: 14.9; SD=1.5). Overweight adolescent girls scored high on emotional eating while overweight adolescent boys displayed more external eating. In overweight children, already 10.5 per cent displayed emotional eating and 38.4 per cent reported external eating. All overweight youngsters reported restrained attitudes. Eating styles were positively associated with indicators of eating pathology. The results suggest the use of appropriate norms that take into account the child's age, gender and overweight status.

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