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Interactions between disturbed eating and weight in children and their mothers.
J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Oct; 29(5):360-6.JD

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study assessed the interaction between disturbed eating behavior and body mass index (BMI) in children aged 8 to 12 and maternal eating problems and BMI.

METHOD

In a cohort study, four hundred twenty-six 8- to 12-year-old children and their primary caretakers (91% mothers) were assessed in a small city. Disturbed eating behavior in children was measured by the "IEG-IEG-Child-Questionnaire," a validated German self-report instrument for children. Disturbed eating behavior in mothers was assessed by TFEQ-subscale disinhibition.

RESULTS

Children's BMI was a significant covariate of disturbed eating. Older girls with higher BMI endorsed more problems with eating and weight, and more body dissatisfaction than boys and younger children. Daughters of overweight mothers restrained their own eating behavior more than daughters of normal weight mothers and sons regardless of mothers' weight. Older daughters of overweight mothers were more dissatisfied with their own bodies than younger daughters and children of normal weight mothers. Children of mothers with elevated disinhibition showed more body dissatisfaction than children of mothers with lower disinhibition.

CONCLUSIONS

The results illustrate the complex and differential relationships between age, gender, BMI, and maternal variables and eating disturbances in children. Preventive interventions for the reduction of disturbed eating in children should be targeted at overweight mothers and mothers with disinhibited eating.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Dresden, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden, Germany. cjacobi@psychologie.tu-dresden.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18766115

Citation

Jacobi, Corinna, et al. "Interactions Between Disturbed Eating and Weight in Children and Their Mothers." Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics : JDBP, vol. 29, no. 5, 2008, pp. 360-6.
Jacobi C, Schmitz G, Agras WS. Interactions between disturbed eating and weight in children and their mothers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008;29(5):360-6.
Jacobi, C., Schmitz, G., & Agras, W. S. (2008). Interactions between disturbed eating and weight in children and their mothers. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics : JDBP, 29(5), 360-6. https://doi.org/10.1097/DBP.0b013e31817dbd7d
Jacobi C, Schmitz G, Agras WS. Interactions Between Disturbed Eating and Weight in Children and Their Mothers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008;29(5):360-6. PubMed PMID: 18766115.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Interactions between disturbed eating and weight in children and their mothers. AU - Jacobi,Corinna, AU - Schmitz,Gabriele, AU - Agras,William Stewart, PY - 2008/9/4/pubmed PY - 2008/12/17/medline PY - 2008/9/4/entrez SP - 360 EP - 6 JF - Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP JO - J Dev Behav Pediatr VL - 29 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the interaction between disturbed eating behavior and body mass index (BMI) in children aged 8 to 12 and maternal eating problems and BMI. METHOD: In a cohort study, four hundred twenty-six 8- to 12-year-old children and their primary caretakers (91% mothers) were assessed in a small city. Disturbed eating behavior in children was measured by the "IEG-IEG-Child-Questionnaire," a validated German self-report instrument for children. Disturbed eating behavior in mothers was assessed by TFEQ-subscale disinhibition. RESULTS: Children's BMI was a significant covariate of disturbed eating. Older girls with higher BMI endorsed more problems with eating and weight, and more body dissatisfaction than boys and younger children. Daughters of overweight mothers restrained their own eating behavior more than daughters of normal weight mothers and sons regardless of mothers' weight. Older daughters of overweight mothers were more dissatisfied with their own bodies than younger daughters and children of normal weight mothers. Children of mothers with elevated disinhibition showed more body dissatisfaction than children of mothers with lower disinhibition. CONCLUSIONS: The results illustrate the complex and differential relationships between age, gender, BMI, and maternal variables and eating disturbances in children. Preventive interventions for the reduction of disturbed eating in children should be targeted at overweight mothers and mothers with disinhibited eating. SN - 1536-7312 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18766115/Interactions_between_disturbed_eating_and_weight_in_children_and_their_mothers_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/DBP.0b013e31817dbd7d DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -