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Secretive Eating Across Pediatric Development

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cbdf4ea9279ddade_89793217.previewA recent study found that secretive eating was moderately prevalent and associated with older age and heightened eating-related psychopathology in a sample of children and adolescents with overweight and obesity and may differ across pediatric development.

Of 577 children and adolescents, 111 endorsed secretive eating, who were, on average, older than youth who denied secretive eating. Furthermore, the researchers found that dietary restraint and purging were elevated among adolescents (≥13 years old) but not children (<13 years old) who endorsed secretive eating, while depression was elevated among children, but not adolescents who endorsed secretive eating.

The researchers suggest screening for secretive eating may inform identification of problematic eating behaviors, and understanding factors motivating secretive eating may improve intervention tailoring.

Kass et al., Appetite, 2017

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