A Pilot Study Evaluating a Binge-Eating Screener in Children: Development of the Children’s Brief Binge-Eating Questionnaire in a Pediatric Obesity Clinic

Elizabeth Victor Franklin, Vanessa Simpson, Michelle Berthet-Miron, Olga T. Gupta, Sarah E. Barlow

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Abstract

Children referred to pediatric obesity programs are at high risk of binge-eating disorder (BED) symptoms. Our goal was to develop and evaluate the Children’s Brief Binge-Eating Questionnaire (CBBEQ) as a rapid screen of BED symptomatology. Seventy patients between the ages of 7 and 18 years (57% females) completed the CBBEQ and underwent the Eating Disorder Assessment for DSM-5 (EDA). Reliability and validity were assessed by examining results of the CBBEQ compared with the EDA, as well as measures of sleep, depression, and anxiety. Twenty-four of seventy (34%) children met full diagnostic interview criteria for BED and 12 (17%) met subclinical criteria. The CBBEQ demonstrated 100% specificity, 93% sensitivity, and a 100% negative predictive value for BED at a cutoff total score of 9. If confirmed in larger sample, this questionnaire could be a quick and accurate clinical tool for non–mental health providers to identify children at risk for BED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1071
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume58
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

Keywords

  • binge eating
  • eating disorder
  • mental health screening
  • obesity
  • pediatric obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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