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Vol 7, No 3 (2011)
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Emotions and eating behaviors among females aged 18–30

Sylwia Leszczyńska, Katarzyna Błażejewska, Karolina Lewandowska-Klafczyńska, Piotr Rycielski
Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2011;7(3):167-171.

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Vol 7, No 3 (2011)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2011-10-11

Abstract

INTRODUCTION. Eating behaviors are not only reaction to hunger feeling. They may be conditioned by emotions, moods and needs. By turns satisfaction of needs affects mood regulation. This relationship is nowadays more frequently underlined. The purpose of this research was to analyze influence of emotion on eating behaviors taking into account eating habits among woman.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. The analysis was conducted on 90 questionnaires received from women between age 18–30. To asses mood regulation ‘Strategies of mood regulation’ questionnaire based on mood theoretical conception by Larsen was used.
RESULTS. In group with inclination towards negative mood induction (NMI) there was more participants with overweight than in PMI (positive mood induction) group. Result was significant between average BMI values (p = 0,01) from NMI and PMI groups. Women preferred vegetable snacks in state of good mood, whereas in state of bad mood they chose sweets as a snacks (PMI = 50.7%; NMI = 80%). Statistical analysis according to r-Pearson of own empirical material showed negative relationship between body mass and positive thinking.
CONCLUSIONS. Emotional states, especially negative, have more influence on overweight eating behaviors, usually leading to excessive eating. People from NMI group may have higher inclination towards overweight and obesity. People from PMI group have lower susceptibility to manage stress and bad mood by sweets and they better handle maintaining proper body weight.
Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Disorders 2011, vol. 7, No 3, 167–171

Abstract

INTRODUCTION. Eating behaviors are not only reaction to hunger feeling. They may be conditioned by emotions, moods and needs. By turns satisfaction of needs affects mood regulation. This relationship is nowadays more frequently underlined. The purpose of this research was to analyze influence of emotion on eating behaviors taking into account eating habits among woman.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. The analysis was conducted on 90 questionnaires received from women between age 18–30. To asses mood regulation ‘Strategies of mood regulation’ questionnaire based on mood theoretical conception by Larsen was used.
RESULTS. In group with inclination towards negative mood induction (NMI) there was more participants with overweight than in PMI (positive mood induction) group. Result was significant between average BMI values (p = 0,01) from NMI and PMI groups. Women preferred vegetable snacks in state of good mood, whereas in state of bad mood they chose sweets as a snacks (PMI = 50.7%; NMI = 80%). Statistical analysis according to r-Pearson of own empirical material showed negative relationship between body mass and positive thinking.
CONCLUSIONS. Emotional states, especially negative, have more influence on overweight eating behaviors, usually leading to excessive eating. People from NMI group may have higher inclination towards overweight and obesity. People from PMI group have lower susceptibility to manage stress and bad mood by sweets and they better handle maintaining proper body weight.
Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Disorders 2011, vol. 7, No 3, 167–171
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Keywords

eating behaviors; emotions; emotional eating; mood regulation; overweight; obesity

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Title

Emotions and eating behaviors among females aged 18–30

Journal

Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Issue

Vol 7, No 3 (2011)

Pages

167-171

Published online

2011-10-11

Bibliographic record

Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2011;7(3):167-171.

Keywords

eating behaviors
emotions
emotional eating
mood regulation
overweight
obesity

Authors

Sylwia Leszczyńska
Katarzyna Błażejewska
Karolina Lewandowska-Klafczyńska
Piotr Rycielski

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