An Examination of Food Craving and Eating Behaviour with regard to Eating Disorders Among Adolescent

Saka M., Turker F. P. , Bas M., Metin S., Yilmaz B., Koseler E.

HEALTHMED, vol.6, no.4, pp.1331-1340, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: HEALTHMED
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1331-1340
  • Keywords: adolescents, binge-eating disorder, disordered eating, eating disorders, DIETARY RESTRAINT, BINGE, VALIDATION, STATE, WOMEN, POPULATION, PREVALENCE, OVERWEIGHT, RESPONSES, OBESITY
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of night eating syndrome and binge eating disorder in sample of adolescents and also to compare the food craving and eating disorder groups. A total of 563 adolescent male and female high school students (mean age: 16.7 +/- 1.3 years for males and 16.6 +/- 0.6 years) were randomly selected in Ankara, capital city of Turkey. The participants were administered the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire, the Weight and Lifestyle Inventory, the Questionnaire on Eating and Weight Patterns -Revised and the Food Craving Questionnaire-Trait. Fourteen female participants (3.7%) reported NES, while 4.5% reported binge-eating symptomatology. Ten male participants (5.5%) reported NES, while 2.7% reported binge-eating symptomatology. Of those reporting the latter, 7 met criteria for purging bulimia nervosa (1.6% of females and 0.5% of males) and 11 met criteria for nonpurging bulimia nervosa (2.6% of females and 0.5% of males). Seven participants reported both night eating and binge eating. As predicted, participants who reported night eating syndrome and binge eating disorder had significantly higher total food craving scores, restrained eating, emotional eating and external eating scores than those not reporting disordered eating. The current study suggests that binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome are strongly significant problem among adolescents. Our findings indicated that the experience of food craving is an important factor in adolescents with binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome. Finally, these eating problems may contribute to the development and/or maintenance of obesity.