Relationship between Childhood and Adulthood Easting Behaviour
The goal of the study was to examine the
relationships that were theorised to exist between childhood and adulthood eating
behaviour in terms of emotional, external and restrained eating and neophobia.
Sixty-one participants filled in five different questionnaires, regarding their eating
styles. The questionnaires used were the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire,
the Three-factor Eating Questionnaire, the Adult Neiphobia Questionnaire, The
Children Neophobia Questionnaire and the Jane Wardle’s Children’s Eating
Behaviour Questionnaire. The BMI of the participants was also calculated.
Results showed that factors, like food responsiveness, desire to drink,
emotional undereating and overeating and enjoyment of food in childhood
influence the external, emotional and restrained eating in adulthood. Moreover,
childhood fussiness in both females and males at younger age appeared to have a
big impact on whether they will suffer from neophobia, and the BMI they will
have as adults.