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The proof of the pudding is in the eating: Is the DEBQ - external eating scale a valid measure of external eating?
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PMID:  20127941     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To test the construct validity and discriminative validity of the widely used Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire's (DEBQ) External Eating (EE) subscale.
METHOD: After being exposed to food cues or not participants completed a bogus taste test. Subjective cue reactivity during food exposure and actual food intake after food exposure were measured.
RESULTS: EE scores were unrelated to food intake. A robust main effect of food cue exposure was found but contrary to what was predicted, low EE scorers ate more after food cue exposure than without whereas high EE scorers did not. The actual eating behavior of high and low scorers on the other DEBQ subscales - emotional and restrained eating - demonstrated that the EE also lacks discriminative validity.
DISCUSSION: The EE showed no predictive validity and no discriminative validity. The usefulness of the distinction of different types of concerned eaters is questioned. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Anita Jansen; Chantal Nederkoorn; Anne Roefs; Peggy Bongers; Teresa Teugels; Remco Havermans
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1098-108X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Dept. of Clinical Psychological Science, Faculty of Psychology & Neurosciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
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