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Appetite. 2001 Apr;36(2):187-8.

Stress-induced eating: an alternative method for inducing ego-threatening stress.

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Department of Psychology, Chester College of Higher Education, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK. p.j.lattimore@chester.ac.uk

Abstract

This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of a modified Stroop test as a method of inducing ego-threatening stress in dieters. Twenty females completed a Stroop task and watched a fearful film, and then consumed ice cream, ad libitum, under the guise of a tasting-test. It was predicted that the Stroop task would trigger greater consumption of ice cream than a fearful film, and that this effect would be more pronounced for binge-eaters than non-binge-eaters. More ice cream was consumed following the Stroop task, however both binge-eaters and non-binge-eaters consumed more ice cream after the Stroop task than the film-task. This data suggests that the ego-threatening Stroop test has potential as a standardized method for use in studies of stress-induced eating.

PMID:
11237354
DOI:
10.1006/appe.2000.0387
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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