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Eat Weight Disord. 2008 Sep;13(3):119-28.

Eating beyond satiety and body mass index.

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Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. tyanover@mail.usf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine discrete eating behaviours as predictors of body mass and psychological processes through which these behaviours might lead to increased body mass.

METHOD:

Three hundred and twenty-nine undergraduate females filled out questionnaires on eating beyond satiety (EBS), snacking, night eating, and hunger as well as the process variables--eating expectancies and self-reported cue reactivity--in an online study. The eating behaviours were regressed on body mass index and mediation analyses were conducted for the process variables.

RESULTS:

EBS was the strongest predictor of body mass when the other eating behaviours were controlled. The process variables did not mediate the relationship between EBS and body mass.

DISCUSSION:

EBS may be a discrete variable on which to intervene to prevent and treat overweight and obesity. Further research is needed to elucidate the situational and affective antecedents of EBS.

PMID:
19011369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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