Table 3—

Psychosocial characteristics by night-eating symptom status

All patientsNight-eating symptomsNo night-eating symptomsTest statistics (χ2)
n71468 (9.7)645 (90.3)
Major depression66 (9.5)13 (19.7)53 (8.4)8.83*
Emotional eating triggers
    Anger138 (19.3)21 (34.8)114 (17.7)11.7
    Sadness286 (40.1)38 (55.1)248 (38.4)7.17*
    Loneliness287 (40.2)44 (63.8)243 (37.7)17.66
    Worry253 (35.4)41 (59.4)212 (32.9)19.21
    Being upset217 (30.4)31 (44.9)186 (28.8)7.63
Childhood Trauma Questionnaire
    Family was a source of strength440 (64.0)33 (50.8)407 (65.3)5.41§
    Frightened of being hurt136 (19.8)26 (38.2)110 (17.7)16.23
    Someone in family hated individual88 (12.9)19 (27.9)69 (11.2)15.25
    Sexual abuse74 (10.9)15 (22.4)59 (9.6)10.19*
    Sexual coercion23 (3.4)7 (10.3)16 (2.6)11.16
    Physical abuse83 (12.1)16 (23.5)67 (10.8)9.27*
    Parental neglect46 (6.7)11 (16.4)35 (5.6)11.27
Nonsecure attachment style382 (53.5)46 (66.7)336 (52.1)5.32§
  • Data are n (%). For Childhood Trauma Questionnaire items, 25% of cells had counts of <5, so Fisher’s exact test was used.

  • *

    * P < 0.01;

  • P < 0.001;

  • significant after Bonferroni adjustment for multiple comparisons within category;

  • §

    § P < 0.05.