Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 49–56 | Cite as

A Measure of Dysfunctional Eating-Related Cognitions in People with Psychotic Disorders

  • Yasser KhazaalEmail author
  • Joël Billieux
  • Emmanuelle Fresard
  • Philippe Huguelet
  • Martial Van der Linden
  • Daniele Zullino
Original Paper


Obesity and binge eating disorder are common in individuals with psychotic disorders. Eating and weight-related cognitions are known to influence eating behaviors. The study was designed to assess the psychometric properties of the Mizes Anorectic Cognitions Questionnaire (MAC-R) in patients with psychotic disorders. Binge eating disorder (BED), body mass index (BMI), the MAC-R and the three factor eating questionnaire (TFEQ) were assessed in 125 patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Whereas the MAC-R has not acceptable psychometric properties, a brief version of the MAC-R (BMAC) has good psychometrical properties and is correlated with TFEQ and BMI. Binge eating disorder is also correlated to the Rigid Weight Regulation and Fear of Weight Gain subscale. The BMAC is a useful brief measure to assess eating and weight related cognitions in people with psychotic disorders.


Antipsychotic drugs Weight gain Obesity Binge eating disorder Mizes anorectic cognitions Factor structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser Khazaal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joël Billieux
    • 2
  • Emmanuelle Fresard
    • 3
  • Philippe Huguelet
    • 1
  • Martial Van der Linden
    • 2
  • Daniele Zullino
    • 1
  1. 1.Geneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Cognitive Psychopathology and Neuropsychology UnitUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Lausanne University HospitalLausanneSwitzerland

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