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Emotional eating and its effect on eating behaviour after a natural disaster
- Kuijer, Roeline G., Boyce, Jessica A.
- Appetite 2012 v.58 no.3 pp. 936-939
- disasters, distress, earthquakes, emotions, ingestion, overeating, women
- Emotional eaters are hypothesised to overeat in response to negative emotions or stress. However, the empirical evidence for such a moderating role is mixed. This study examined the effect of emotional eating on eating behaviour before and after the occurrence of a natural disaster (an earthquake) in a sample of predominantly middle-aged and older women. As expected, women who scored high on emotional eating reported an increase in overeating after the earthquake. This effect was qualified by an interaction: emotional eaters who reported high levels of post-earthquake distress reported an increase in overeating, whereas non-stressed emotional eaters and non-emotional eaters did not.