Emotional Eating Article Summary

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Emotional Eating Article Summaries

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Name: An exploratory study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for emotional eating
Author(s): Emily Levoy, Asimina Lazaridou, Judson Brewer, and Carl Fulwiler

Summary: Emotional eating is considered a predictor of weight loss and weight gain after losing weight. The two studies were aimed to explore the changes in emotional eating in general and in a population of people who were taking the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. There were no control groups for either of the studies conducted.

Study #1: Exploration and observations of if the Mindfulness-Based
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Powell, Leslie A. Frankel, and Daphne C. Hernandez
Date: October 2, 2016
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666316304998

Summary: Emotional eating, also known as eating in response to negative emotions has been related to eating patterns that connect to weight gain and obesity. Parents rewarding food to their children has a great connection to children’s emotional eating habits as well. The main study examined and observed the mediating role of child self-regulation of eating compared to that of parents using food as a reward and children 's emotional overeating. Questionnaires to parents of preschool children were sent out regarding child eating behaviors, parent feeding practices, and child self-regulation behaviors when it comes eating. Results showed that between parental use of food as a reward compared to that of child emotional overeating was kind of mediated by child self-regulation in eating even after controlling for parent and child. Parental use of food as a reward leads to decreases for the child to ability regulate intake which would then lead to increase in emotional
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Because of this, evidence of children not enjoying food as well as well as lack of responsiveness when it comes to food as well as increase in intake of unhealthy foods like chocolate, and decrease intake in fruits or vegetables which result in an increase in body weight. This type of feeding practice can lead to children eating as a result of external responses rather than internal hunger.

Study #2: the Mediating role of child self-regulation of eating: Some children are able to self-regulate their food and energy intake compared to other children. Although children are born with self-regulating abilities, parenting behaviors and parental control around food and their children 's eating behavior have been connected to children 's inability to self-regulate their eating habits. Parental feeding practices and parent and child interactions are a potential factor that can lead to decreases in self-regulatory

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