Eating Disorders and Psychopathological Traits in Obese Preadolescents and Adolescents

Viviana Finistrella, Melania Manco, Nicola Corciulo, Beatrice Sances, Mario Di Pietro, Raffaella Di Gregorio, Fosca Di SanteMarsili, Perla Maria Fiumani, Fabio Presaghi, Amalia Maria Ambruzzi

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Objective: to investigate the presence of eating disorders (ED) and psychopathological traits in obese preadolescents and adolescents compared to normal-weight peers. Design: Overweight/obese patients aged 11 to 14 y and normal-weight peers’ data collected by means of self-report questionnaires administered to parents and children. Setting: Clinical Nutrition Units in the Municipalities of Rome, Naples, Gallipoli and Atri, Italy. Subjects: 376 preadolescents and adolescents. Patients were 187 (93 boys, BMI=27.9±;4.1; 94 girls, BMI=28.1±4.5); normal-weight controls were 189 subjects (94 boys, BMI=19.4±1.4; 95 girls, BMI=19.5±1.5). Measures of outcome: eating disorder behaviors, psychopathological traits and symptoms estimated by means of the eating disorders scales (EDI-2) and psychopathological scales (CBCL 4–18). Results: Patients reached higher scores than controls in most of the eating disorders scales and psychopathological scales. Twenty-one (11.2%) patients were considered at risk of developing an eating disorder and 75 (40%) presented social problems. With regard to weight status, age-group and gender, main significant interaction effects were seen in social problems (F= 6.50; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2015


  • childhood and adolescent obesity
  • eating disorders
  • psychopathological symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine(all)


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