Validity of Retrospective Reports of Eating Behavior from the Eating Disorder Examination
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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The Eating Disorder Examination EDE Cooper and Fairburn, 1987 is the most widely used instrument for the diagnosis of eating disorders and relies on retrospective self-report. However, there is growing evidence that retrospective self-reports are prone to errors arising from autobiographical memory. Stone and Shiffman 1994 adopted a method for collecting moment-by-moment data to address these concerns. The present study examined the accuracy of these estimates by comparing retrospective reports from questions on the EDE with data recorded in handheld computerized eating diaries by obese and normal-weight women.