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Predicting Loss of Control Eating in Teen Girls

Obesity; ePub 2017 Dec 27; Goldschmidt, et al

Over time, negative emotionality in teenage girls may promote loss of control eating independent of the effects of prior social functioning, researchers concluded after conducting a study involving 834 individuals. Adolescent girls were assessed annually for 4 years using either cognitive-behavioral (n=416) or interpersonal (n=418) models. Among the results:

  • Body dissatisfaction at 14 years prospectively predicted loss of control eating at 18 years, both directly and indirectly via dieting.
  • Interpersonal functioning at 14 years was negatively linked with negative emotionality at 17 years.
  • This, in turn, had an indirect effect on loss of control eating at 18 years (but not a direct effect).

The authors noted that loss of control eating preventive and early intervention efforts might work better if these theoretical frameworks are included.


Goldschmidt A, Lavender J, Hipwell A, Stepp S, Keenan K. Examining two prevailing models of loss of control eating among community-based girls. [Published online ahead of print December 27, 2017]. Obesity. doi: 10.1002/oby.22101.