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Protocol - Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ)

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Description:

The Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) is a 35-item parent-report questionnaire assessing eating style in children. Eating style is assessed on eight scales: food responsiveness (4 items), enjoyment of food (4 items), emotional overeating (4 items), desire to drink (3 items), satiety responsiveness (5 items), slowness in eating (4 items), and emotional undereating (4 items), and fussiness (7 items). Informants rate the frequency of their child’s behaviors and experiences on a 5-point scale: 1 = never, 2 = rarely, 3 = sometimes, 4 = often, 5 = always.

Protocol:

Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (CEBQ)

Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child’s eating behaviour.

Never

Rarely

Sometimes

Often

Always

My child loves food

EF

My child eats more when worried

EOE

My child has a big appetite

SR*

My child finishes his/her meal quickly

SE*

My child is interested in food

EF

My child is always asking for a drink

DD

My child refuses new foods at first

FF

My child eats slowly

SE

My child eats less when angry

EUE

My child enjoys tasting new foods

FF*

My child eats less when s/he is tired

EUE

My child is always asking for food

FR

My child eats more when annoyed

EOE

If allowed to, my child would eat too much

FR

My child eats more when anxious

EOE

My child enjoys a wide variety of foods

FF*

My child leaves food on his/her plate at the end of a meal

SR

My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal

SE

Never

Rarely

Sometimes

Often

Always

Given the choice, my child would eat most of the time

FR

My child looks forward to mealtimes

EF

My child gets full before his/her meal is finished

SR

My child enjoys eating

EF

My child eats more when she is happy

EUE

My child is difficult to please with meals

FF

My child eats less when upset

EUE

My child gets full up easily

SR

My child eats more when s/he has nothing else to do

EOE

Even if my child is full up s/he finds room to eat his/her favourite food

FR

If given the chance, my child would drink continuously throughout the day

DD

My child cannot eat a meal if s/he has had a snack just before

SR

If given the chance, my child would always be having a drink

DD

My child is interested in tasting food s/he hasn’t tasted before

FF*

My child decides that s/he doesn’t like a food, even without tasting it

FF

If given the chance, my child would always have food in his/her mouth

FR

My child eats more and more slowly during the course of a meal

SE

SCORING OF THE CEBQ

(Never = 1, Rarely = 2, Sometimes = 3, Often = 4, Always = 5)

• Food responsiveness = mean of items labelled FR

• Emotional overeating = mean of items labelled EOE

• Enjoyment of food = mean of items labelled EF

• Desire to drink = mean of items labelled DD

• Satiety responsiveness = mean of items labelled SR

• Slowness in eating = mean of items labelled SE

• Emotional undereating = mean of items labelled EUE

• Food fussiness = mean of items labelled FF

*Reversed items

Protocol Name from Source:

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Proxy-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Child, Adolescent

Participants:

Children, ages 4-12

Specific Instructions:

The Eating Disorders Working Group notes that in the behavioral validation of this measure (Carnell and Wardle, 2007), CEBQ responses were scored from 1 to 5 and means for each subscale were calculated providing at least 80% of the items were completed. However, most articles have just summed the items.

Selection Rationale

The Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) is a brief, widely used, reliable, and validated self-report questionnaire for assessing obesity risk that is easy to administer and interpret.

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire Assessment Score 4926431 CDE Browser
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Wardle, J., Guthrie C. A., Sanderson, S., & Rapoport, L. (2001). Development of the Children’s Eating Behaviour Questionnaire. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42, 963-970.

General References

Carnell, S., & Wardle, J. (2007). Measuring behavioural susceptibility to obesity: Validation of the child eating behaviour questionnaire. Appetite, 48(1), 104-113.

Protocol ID:

650301

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Allowed_Eat_MostOfTime PX650301190000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: Given the choice, my child would eat most of the time 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Allowed_Eat_TooMuch PX650301140000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: If allowed to, my child would eat too much 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_AlwaysAsking_For_Drink PX650301060000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child is always asking for a drink 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_AlwaysAsking_For_Food PX650301120000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child is always asking for food 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_AlwaysHave_Food_InMouth PX650301340000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: If given the chance, my child would always have food in his/her mouth 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Always_HaveFood_InMouth PX650301350000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more and more slowly during the course of a meal 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Always_Having_Drink PX650301310000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: If given the chance, my child would always be having a drink 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Big_Appetite PX650301030000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child has a big appetite 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_CannotEat_Meal_AfterSnack PX650301300000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child cannot eat a meal if s/he has had a snack just before 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Difficult_ToPlease_Meals PX650301240000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child is difficult to please with meals 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_DoesntLike_Food_WithoutTasting PX650301330000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child decides that s/he doesn't like a food, even without tasting it 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Drink_Continuously PX650301290000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: If given the chance, my child would drink continuously throughout the day 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_Less_WhenAngry PX650301090000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats less when angry 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_Less_WhenTired PX650301110000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats less when s/he is tired 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_Less_WhenUpset PX650301250000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats less when upset 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_FavoriteFood PX650301280000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: Even if my child is full up s/he finds room to eat his/her favourite food 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_WhenAnnoyed PX650301130000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more when annoyed 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_WhenAnxious PX650301150000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more when anxious 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_WhenBored PX650301270000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more when s/he has nothing else to do 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_WhenHappy PX650301230000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more when she is happy 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_More_WhenWorried PX650301020000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats more when worried 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Eats_Slowly PX650301080000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child eats slowly 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Enjoys_Eating PX650301220000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child enjoys eating 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Enjoys_Tasting_NewFood PX650301100000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child enjoys tasting new foods 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Enjoys_Wide_Variety PX650301160000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child enjoys a wide variety of foods 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Finishes_Meal_Quickly PX650301040000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child finishes his/her meal quickly 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_GetsFull_Before_MealFinished PX650301210000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child gets full before his/her meal is finished 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_GetsFull_Up_Easily PX650301260000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child gets full up easily 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Interested_In_Food PX650301050000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child is interested in food 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Interested_Tasting_NewFood PX650301320000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child is interested in tasting food s/he hasn... tasted before 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Leaves_Food_OnPlate PX650301170000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child leaves food on his/her plate at the end of a meal 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_LooksForward_ToMeal PX650301200000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child looks forward to mealtimes 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Loves_Food PX650301010000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child loves food 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_MoreThan_30minute_Mealtime PX650301180000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal 4 N/A
PX650301_EatingScale_Child_Refuses_New_Food PX650301070000 Please read the following statements and tick the boxes most appropriate to your child's eating behaviour: My child refuses new foods at first 4 N/A
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Childhood Eating Behavior

Release Date:

August 7, 2015

Definition

A questionnaire designed to assess eating styles related to obesity and eating disorders.

Purpose

To provide a useful measure of eating style for research into the early precursors of obesity or eating disorders.

Keywords

Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire, CEBQ, food responsiveness, emotional overeating, enjoyment of food, desire to drink, satiety responsiveness, slowness in eating, emotional undereating, food fussiness