Childhood Binge Eating: Families, Feeding, and Feelings

The article focuses on binge eating in children. The University of Illinois  specifically looks at 15 studies to address the root cause of binge eating in younger children. The study found out that the amount of food a child eats does not matter, the important issue in binge eating is the lack of control the child felt while eating food. They did note that family is an important factor in childhood binge eating but the researchers also wanted to stress that parents are not to blame for childhood obesity and should not focus on weight. Instead they should focus on giving their children the skills necessary to manage emotions around eating food and emotional coping so that they do not feel the need to develop binge eating habits.

Key Points:

  • 1Binge eating is seen in all areas of society regardless of race, gender, age and ethnic groups. This problem consist in children as young as five years old.
  • 2Binge eating can be caused by depression and obesity. The family interactions can establish bad eating habits. How parents treat their children by researching why they over eat is important.
  • 3The main thing to take from this article is that weight is not be all or end all. Parents need to establish a way of helping children to deal with their emotions without food.


….the study reports that parental non-involvement or emotional unresponsiveness and weight-related teasing in the family are behaviors consistently associated with childhood binge eating.

Read the full article at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160628182630.htm

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