A study in the United States shows that poor executive functioning resulting in childhood binge eating for girls is tied to weight gain in teen years.
Researchers from the University of Chicago assessed 2,500 girls at different points between ages 10 and 16 to determine how behavior was linked to eating habits and weight. Parents were asked about impulsivity or poor planning at age 10. Those girls appeared to gain more weight by age 16.
10 percent of the girls reported binge eating. Those who did so at age 12 were more likely to experience some of the weight gain experienced by more impulsive girls by age 16.
“Children are constantly cued to eat by food commercials, vending machines, etc., so it is easy to imagine how a child who is poorly inhibited could have difficulty resisting these cues to eat,” said lead study author Andrea Goldschmidt, an eating disorders researcher at the University of Chicago.