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Comparing decision making in average and overweight children and adolescents

Sandra Verbeken (UGent) , Caroline Braet (UGent) , Guy Bosmans (UGent) and Lien Goossens (UGent)
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OBJECTIVE: The current study investigates the aspects of self-regulation skills in overweight and normal-weight children, which may be related to their overeating problems. It is hypothesised that overweight children may show poor decision-making behaviour, and this may be because of two processes: hypersensitivity to reward or future insensitivity. SUBJECTS: Average weight children (n = 66) and overweight children (n = 64) between 11 and 16 years were tested with the developmentally appropriate analogue of the iowa gambling task. RESULTS: The results reveal that overweight children show decision-making failure ensued from future insensitivity. CONCLUSION: These findings provide support for the reward deficiency hypothesis or the anhedonic route to obesity in children.
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children, decision-making, overweight, reward sensitivity, ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER, VENTROMEDIAL PREFRONTAL CORTEX, OBESE CHILDREN, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, DEVELOPMENTAL-CHANGES, FUTURE CONSEQUENCES, CHILDHOOD OBESITY, GAMBLING TASK, SELF-CONTROL, FOOD-INTAKE

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Verbeken, Sandra, Caroline Braet, Guy Bosmans, and Lien Goossens. 2014. “Comparing Decision Making in Average and Overweight Children and Adolescents.” International Journal of Obesity 38 (4): 547–551.
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Verbeken, S., Braet, C., Bosmans, G., & Goossens, L. (2014). Comparing decision making in average and overweight children and adolescents. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 38(4), 547–551.
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Verbeken S, Braet C, Bosmans G, Goossens L. Comparing decision making in average and overweight children and adolescents. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY. 2014;38(4):547–51.
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Verbeken, Sandra, Caroline Braet, Guy Bosmans, et al. “Comparing Decision Making in Average and Overweight Children and Adolescents.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY 38.4 (2014): 547–551. Print.
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  abstract     = {OBJECTIVE: The current study investigates the aspects of self-regulation skills in overweight and normal-weight children, which may be related to their overeating problems. It is hypothesised that overweight children may show poor decision-making behaviour, and this may be because of two processes: hypersensitivity to reward or future insensitivity.
SUBJECTS: Average weight children (n = 66) and overweight children (n = 64) between 11 and 16 years were tested with the developmentally appropriate analogue of the iowa gambling task.
RESULTS: The results reveal that overweight children show decision-making failure ensued from future insensitivity.
CONCLUSION: These findings provide support for the reward deficiency hypothesis or the anhedonic route to obesity in children.},
  author       = {Verbeken, Sandra and Braet, Caroline and Bosmans, Guy and Goossens, Lien},
  issn         = {0307-0565},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY},
  keywords     = {children,decision-making,overweight,reward sensitivity,ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER,VENTROMEDIAL PREFRONTAL CORTEX,OBESE CHILDREN,INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES,DEVELOPMENTAL-CHANGES,FUTURE CONSEQUENCES,CHILDHOOD OBESITY,GAMBLING TASK,SELF-CONTROL,FOOD-INTAKE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {547--551},
  title        = {Comparing decision making in average and overweight children and adolescents},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2013.235},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2014},
}

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