Emotional awareness and emotional eating

Alice Moon, Howard Berenbaum

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Two studies examined the relation between emotional awareness (attention to and clarity of emotions) and eating behaviours. In Study 1, college women (n = 198) completed measures of emotional awareness, emotional eating, and neuroticism. When all predictors were considered simultaneously, low attention to emotion was the only significant predictor of emotional eating. In Study 2, to test whether low attention to emotion would lead to increased eating in a laboratory setting, social anxiety was induced, and attention to emotion was manipulated experimentally in a sample of college women (n = 100). Women who reported low levels of trait attention to emotion who were also in the low attention to emotion condition had the greatest caloric consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-429
Number of pages13
JournalCognition and Emotion
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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