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Parental characteristics in association with disordered eating in 11-to 12-year-olds: A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort

Larsen, PS; Strandberg-Larsen, K; Olsen, EM; Micali, N; Nybo Andersen, A-M; (2018) Parental characteristics in association with disordered eating in 11-to 12-year-olds: A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort. European Eating Disorders Review , 26 (4) pp. 315-328. 10.1002/erv.2599. Green open access

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Abstract

We examined the association between parental characteristics and disordered eating among 11‐ to 12‐year‐olds within the Danish National Birth Cohort. Frequency of fasting, purging, and binge eating was obtained by self‐report from 37,592 children and combined into a measure of disordered eating (no, monthly, and weekly). Information on parental characteristics was obtained during pregnancy, from the 7‐year follow‐up, and by linkage to population registers. Data were analysed using multinomial logistic regression models with robust standard errors. In total, 3.1% reported weekly and 4.1% reported monthly disordered eating. Parental young age, low educational level, and overweight/obesity were associated with disordered eating. The relative risk ratios for, respectively, weekly and monthly disordered eating according to maternal eating disorder were 1.01 [0.75, 1.37] and 1.09 [0.84, 1.42]. Disordered eating is common among children and is associated with several parental characteristics. We found social inequality in disordered eating, but our data did not support an association with maternal eating disorder.

Type: Article
Title: Parental characteristics in association with disordered eating in 11-to 12-year-olds: A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/erv.2599
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/erv.2599
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: adolescent children, eating disorder behaviours, parental factors, prospective study
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104936
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