Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Donald A. Williamson
The specific aim of the current investigation was to develop and validate a multidimensional self-report inventory of a wide range of eating behaviors and weight control practices including overeating, emotional eating, and exercise to be used with overweight and obese populations for evaluation and treatment purposes. Based on recent research findings concerning dieting strategies, factors evaluating healthy versus unhealthy weight control practices were expected to emerge from factor analysis of the original item pool of 131 items. However, these specific factors were not found. Instead, the factor analytic study found the Multidimensional Measure of Eating Behavior and Exercise (MMEBE) to contain six factors: Overconcern with Body Size and Eating, Exercise, Overeating, Avoidance of Fattening Foods and Sweets, Emotional Eating, and Extreme Weight Control. Five of the six factors were found to have adequate reliability and validity. The final version of the MMEBE contained 40 items. Results of these preliminary studies suggest that further investigations of the MMEBE are warranted.
Smith, Cheryl Funsch, "Development and Validation of a Multidimensional Measure of Eating Behavior and Exercise." (1997). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6525.