Subtyping Disordered Eating in a Community Sample of Girls

About the Course:

Objective: This study tests the validity of the ‘dietary-depressive’ subtype (typified by greater negative affect) and a ‘dietary’ subtype (typified by dietary restraint only) using a diverse longitudinal community sample. Method: Girls at ages 10, 12 and 14 completed the Child Eating Attitudes Test, the Child Symptom Inventory-4, and Body Image Measure. Body Mass Index was assessed at each age. Results: Unlike previous studies, cluster analysis revealed an at-risk ‘dietary-depressive’ (R+) subtype (18.7%,100/534) and a not at-risk (R-) subtype, distinguished by few depressive symptoms and little dietary restraint (81.3%,434/534), but no ‘dietary’ subtype. Compared to the R- subtype, the R+ subtype had significantly greater eating disordered behavior and attitudes. The R+ subtype at age 10 was a risk factor for binge-eating but not obesity at ages 12 and 14. Conclusion: Dietary restraint and depressive symptoms combined predict binge-eating longitudinally in a diverse community sample of girls.

Content for this course is based on an article from the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the official journal of the Association for Eating Disorders.


International Journal of Eating Disorders/Wiley Publishing

Publication Date:

April, 2009


Kathryn E. Keenan, Ph.D.; Michael S. McCloskey, PhD

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, epidemiologists, public health workers and other health professionals who seek knowledge about interested in the development of binge eating

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the dual pathway model of binge eating

  2. Describe the use of cluster analysis in eating disorder samples

  3. Describe the main finding of the study with regards to the development of binge eating

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Course Number: 101524
Credit Hours: 1cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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Format: Online
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