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Eat Behav. 2005 Jun;6(3):239-45. Epub 2005 Feb 12.

Psychometric properties of the Food Craving Inventory among obese patients with binge eating disorder.

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Eating Disorders Research Program, Yale University School of Medicine, 301 Cedar St., 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06519, United States. Marney.White@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the psychometric properties of the Food Craving Inventory [FCI; White, M. A., Whisenhunt, B. L., Williamson, D. A., Greenway, F. L., & Netemeyer, R. G. (2002). Development and validation of the food-craving inventory. Obesity Research, 10 (107-114)] in a group of obese patients with binge eating disorder (BED).

METHOD:

Participants were 122 obese patients seeking treatment for BED who completed the FCI. Data from the original 28-item FCI were examined. The current study sample was then compared to a community sample of obese patients.

RESULTS:

Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the 4-factor structure of the FCI. An improved model was found following the deletion of 3 items, yielding a 25-item questionnaire. Secondary analyses indicated differences in patterns of food cravings between BED patients and an obese comparison group.

DISCUSSION:

The current study confirmed the psychometric properties of the FCI for use with a group of treatment-seeking obese patients with BED. Collectively, the results imply that obese patients with BED may crave sweets to a heightened degree relative to other food classes.

PMID:
15854870
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2005.01.001
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