Maternal eating disorder history and toddlers’ neurodevelopmental outcomes: A brief report

Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit, Rachel Levy-Shiff, James D. Lock

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This study explored the neurodevelopmental outcomes of toddlers whose mothers have eating disorder histories and the contribution of maternal eating and comorbid psychopathology to the children’s cognitive functioning. Twenty-nine mothers with prenatal eating disorders and their toddlers (18–42 months old) were compared to a case-control matched group of mothers with no eating psychopathology and their toddlers. Measures included current maternal eating and co-occurring psychopathology, and a developmental assessment of each child. The children of mothers with eating disorders showed delayed mental and psychomotor development. Severity of maternal eating disorder symptoms emerged as a significant predictor of child development, but other maternal psychopathology did not. Findings suggest that maternal eating disorder history may play a unique role in the development of neurodevelopmental functions in their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-205
Number of pages8
JournalEating Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2016

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