Assessment of binge eating in overweight youth using a questionnaire version of the Child Eating Disorder Examination with Instructions

Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Jul;40(5):460-7. doi: 10.1002/eat.20387.


Objective: Existing self-report methods for assessing eating disorder (ED) symptoms in youth do not adequately measure binge eating and lack sufficient psychometric support. The Youth Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (YEDE-Q), a self-report version of the Child Eating Disorder Examination (ChEDE), was designed to assess the spectrum of ED psychopathology in youth.

Method: The YEDE-Q was compared to the ChEDE and the Questionnaire for Eating and Weight Patterns-Adolescent version (QEWP-A) in a sample of 35 overweight adolescents aged 12-17.

Results: The YEDE-Q showed significant agreement (ps < .001) with the ChEDE on all four subscale scores, the global score, and measurement of objective bulimic episodes. The YEDE-Q and the QEWP-A showed significant agreement (ps < .001) on the measurement of shape and weight concerns.

Conclusion: The YEDE-Q appears promising in the assessment of eating-related pathology in overweight adolescents, but remains in need of validation in children and ED populations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Image
  • Bulimia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Bulimia Nervosa / psychology
  • Bulimia Nervosa / therapy
  • Child
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Overweight*
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted
  • Weight Loss