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Measuring the meanings of eating in minority youth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22051360     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study is to present the development of the Meanings of Eating Index (MEI) in a diverse sample of children. Exploratory factor analysis was performed on MEI items. Factors with eigenvalues above 1.0 were retained. Items that loaded on multiple factors or with item-total correlations below 0.50 were discarded. A 24-item, 5-factor scale comprised the final MEI. Personal Negative Emotions and Disturbed Eating were positively associated with frequency of high calorie snack food intake (r=0.21, p<0.05; r=0.33, p<0.01), and Personal Well Being was positively associated with eating vegetables more frequently (r=0.20; p<0.05). Eating on Behalf of Others was negatively associated with frequency of vegetable intake (r=-.20; p<0.05). Pleasure Eating was not associated with dietary intake. The MEI shows promise as a tool for understanding the affective determinants of dietary intake in minority youth.
Arianna D McClain; Mary Ann Pentz; Selena T Nguyen-Rodriguez; Hee-Sung Shin; Nathaniel R Riggs; Donna Spruijt-Metz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-07-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eating behaviors     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1873-7358     ISO Abbreviation:  Eat Behav     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-04     Completed Date:  2012-01-09     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101090048     Medline TA:  Eat Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Eating / ethnology*,  psychology
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Feeding Behavior / ethnology*,  psychology
Food Habits / ethnology*,  psychology
Hispanic Americans
Minority Groups / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Psychometrics / methods,  standards*
Questionnaires / standards*
Grant Support
K01 DK059293/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; K01 DK059293-03/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; KO1 DK59293/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01 HD-052107-0182/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD052107/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD052107-01A2/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; U54 CA 116848/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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