Assessment of emotional, externally induced and restrained eating behaviour in nine to twelve-year-old obese and non-obese children

C. Braet, T Van Strien

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Abstract

Are there differences in eating behaviour between obese and non-obese children? Using the parent version of the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (DEBQ-parent version), the results of the present study suggest an affirmative answer to this question. The scores for obese children were significantly higher on the scales for emotional, external and restrained eating behaviour. Relationships were found between emotional eating and negative feelings of physical competence; between external eating and negative feelings of self-worth; and between both eating styles and various aspects of problem behaviour. No relationship was found between external eating and locus of control. Higher scores on both scales were associated with greater caloric intake. These findings suggest that DEBQ can be used as a screening instrument for assessing eating styles of obese children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-73
Number of pages11
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume35
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997

Keywords

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Obesity
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychometrics
  • Sampling Studies
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Volition
  • Journal Article

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