Cognitive and emotional influences on eating behaviour: a qualitative perspective

Wehling, Helena and Lusher, Joanne (2019) Cognitive and emotional influences on eating behaviour: a qualitative perspective. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, 12. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1178-6388

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Abstract / Description

Considering that individuals who are within a healthy weight range may experience different thoughts about food to those who are already overweight or obese triggers the need to understand the nature, challenges, and coping strategies of food-related thinking styles in this population in relation to those who are either overweight or obese. Analysis of 6 semi-structured qualitative interviews with individuals who are either at risk of being overweight (body mass index [BMI] = 23-24.99), or above a healthy weight (BMI ⩾ 25), revealed 3 overarching themes: (1) Why am I all about food? (2) Jekyll and Hyde, and (3) Emotional attachment to food. These findings highlighted a link between dieting and negative thinking, which foster unhealthy eating patterns. Therefore, intuitive eating may offer a useful alternative to re-establish a healthier relationship with food.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: eating; attitudes; food-related cognitions; qualitative; emotional Influences
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2019 14:19
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 14:19
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5034

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