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Associations of individual and family eating patterns during childhood and early adolescence: a multicentre European study of associated eating disorder factors

Isabel Krug, Janet Treasure, Marija Anderluh, Laura Bellodi, Elena Cellini, David Collier, Milena di Bernardo, Roser Granero, Andreas Karwautz, Benedetta Nacmias, Eva Penelo, Valdo Ricca, Sandro Sorbi, Kate Tchanturia, Gudrun Wagner, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda



The objective of this study was to examine whether there is an association between individual and family eating patterns during childhood and early adolescence and the likelihood of developing a subsequent eating disorder (ED). A total of 1664 participants took part in the study. The ED cases (n 879) were referred for assessment and treatment to specialized ED units in five different European countries and were compared to a control group of healthy individuals (n 785). Participants completed the Early Eating Environmental Subscale of the Cross-Cultural (Environmental) Questionnaire, a retrospective measure, which has been developed as part of a European multicentre trial in order to detect ..

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Awarded by Generalitat de Catalunya

Funding Acknowledgements

Financial support was received from the European Union (Framework-V Multicenter Research Grant, QCK1-1999-916), Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria (CIBER; CB06/03/0034), Generalitat de Catalunya (2005SGR00322), FI (2005 FI 00425) and BE (100172). The CIBER Fisiopatologia de la obesidad y Nutricion is an initiative of ISCIII. This work is part of the PhD dissertation of I. K. at the University of Barcelona. There is no conflict of interest. All authors designed the study, wrote the protocol and managed the literature searches and summaries of previous related work. R. G. and E. P. undertook the statistical analysis, and and I. K., J. T. and F. F.-A. wrote wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors contributed to and have approved the final manuscript.