Eating Behavior and Weight in Children

  • Clare Llewellyn
  • Susan Carnell
  • Jane Wardle
Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 2)


The idea that eating styles might influence weight is not new. In 1968, Stanley Schachter published a seminal paper proposing the “externality theory” of obesity (Schachter 1968). It described a series of innovative experiments in which the eating behavior of a clinical sample of severely obese individuals was compared with the eating behavior of normal-weight individuals, using a variety of physiological and environmental manipulations. The conclusion was that the obese were more reactive to external cues of food (such as smell or taste) and less responsive to internal physiological sensations related to hunger and satiety, indicating a weakening of normal appetitive controls. In modern environments where highly palatable food is abundant and cheap, high external responsiveness could lead to over-eating and weight gain, especially if it is not buffered by strong satiety sensitivity.


Eating Behavior Overweight Child Emotional Eating Obesity Risk Palatable Food 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.The New York Obesity Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital CenterColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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