Disordered eating in adulthood is associated with reported weight loss attempts in childhood

Tamar B. Rubinstein, Aileen P. McGinn, Rachel P. Wildman, Judith Wylie-Rosett

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Objective: To determine whether history of attempted weight loss in childhood (age ≤12 years) is associated with binge eating disorder (BED) and unhealthy weight loss behaviors in adults. Method: Cross-sectional analysis from baseline visit data of 588 participants of a clinical trial. Data were collected from survey answers on health status, nutritional status, weight loss history, and weight loss behaviors. Results: History of childhood weight loss attempts was associated with high odds of BED in adults (odds ratio [OR] 3.4; 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.8-6.3) and high odds of unhealthy weight loss behaviors (OR 2.3; 95% CI 1.2, 2.6). A linear trend was observed in which young age at first attempted weight loss was associated with increased odds of both BED and unhealthy weight loss behaviors. Discussion: Weight loss attempts in childhood may be a risk factor for the development of unhealthy eating behaviors and BED in adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-666
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010


  • binge eating disorder
  • child development
  • obesity
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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