Restrained and external-emotional eating patterns in young overweight children-results of the ulm birth cohort study

Kluckner, Viktoria; Hirsch, Oliver; Brandt, Stephanie; Moss, Anja; Weck, Melanie; Florath, Ines; Wabitsch, Martin; Hebebrand, Johannes; Schimmelmann, Benno G.; Christiansen, Hanna (2014). Restrained and external-emotional eating patterns in young overweight children-results of the ulm birth cohort study. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e105303. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0105303

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Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges in Western countries. Abnormal eating behavior is thought to be a developmental trajectory to obesity. The Eating Pattern Inventory for Children (EPI-C) has not been used for children as young as eight years, and possible associations with body weight have not yet been established. Five hundred and twenty-one children of the Ulm Birth Cohort Study (UBCS; age eight) filled out the EPI-C and BMI was assessed. Adequacy of the scales was tested with confirmatory factor analysis and a MANOVA and cluster analysis established associations between eating patterns and BMI. The factor structure of the EPI-C was confirmed (GFI = .968) and abnormal eating behavior was associated with overweight (χ2(8) = 79.29, p<.001). The EPI-C is a valid assessment tool in this young age group. Overweight children consciously restrain their eating.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Kluckner, Viktoria and Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nicole Jansen

Date Deposited:

12 Sep 2014 16:03

Last Modified:

17 Jun 2015 17:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0105303

PubMed ID:

25141134

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.58377

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/58377

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