Does emotional eating interfere with success in attempts at weight control?

Blair, A J, Lewis, V J and Booth, D A (1990) Does emotional eating interfere with success in attempts at weight control? Appetite, 15 (2). pp. 151-157. ISSN 0195-6663

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Abstract

Questionnaire responses from a convenience sample were used to test for hypothesized relationships between changes over time in individuals' reported frequency of emotional eating and estimates of their success in attempts to reduce body weight over periods of at least 1 year. Respondents were 187 English adults, whose distribution of estimated Body Mass Indices (BMI) approximated that of the general population. Initial BMI was significantly (p < 0.001) positively associated with reported frequency of emotional eating. Moreover, respondents indicating initially relatively high levels of emotional eating who reported a reduction in that level were found to lose significantly (p < 0.01) more reported weight and to be significantly (p < 0.05) more successful at approaching target weight over the period of the study than respondents who continued to report high levels of emotional eating. Similarly, respondents who reported an increase from initially relatively low levels of emotional eating, while not losing significantly less reported weight, were significantly (p < 0.05) less successful at approaching target weight than those respondents who continued to report low levels of emotional eating.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0511 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP0001 General Including influence of the environment > QP0136 Appetite
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0601 Food and food supply in relation to public health
Depositing User: prof. David Booth
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 09:13
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015 09:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56327
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