Temperament and Eating Attitudes in an Adolescent Community Sample: A Brief Report

  • Marzola E
  • Fassino S
  • Amianto F
  • et al.
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Abstract

Objective . Temperament traits like high harm avoidance (HA) have been proposed as putative risk factors for the development of eating disorders (EDs). We aimed at studying the relationship between temperament and eating attitudes on a large community sample of adolescents. Method . We recruited 992 high school students aged 14–18. In addition to measuring body mass index (BMI), participants were asked to complete the temperament and character inventory and the food frequency questionnaire. Results . Sixty-two percent of the sample reported overeating, 22.8% reported normal eating, and 15.2% reported under eating. Under and normal eaters had higher BMI than that of over eaters. Harm avoidance was found to be significantly higher in those participants with lower eating intakes whilst novelty seeking was found to be higher in over eaters. Conclusion . An interesting association between temperament (high HA) and food approach (under eating) emerged. Longitudinal studies are needed to evaluate whether these traits represent a risk factor for the development of EDs.

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Marzola, E., Fassino, S., Amianto, F., & Abbate-Daga, G. (2014). Temperament and Eating Attitudes in an Adolescent Community Sample: A Brief Report. Advances in Psychiatry, 2014, 1–3. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/749738

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