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Health Psychol. 2012 Jul;31(4):521-4. doi: 10.1037/a0025893. Epub 2011 Oct 17.

Eating when bored: revision of the emotional eating scale with a focus on boredom.

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Psychology Department, Bowling Green State University, OH 43403, USA. aftons@bgsu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The current study explored whether eating when bored is a distinct construct from other negative emotions by revising the emotional eating scale (EES) to include a separate boredom factor. Additionally, the relative endorsement of eating when bored compared to eating in response to other negative emotions was examined.

METHOD:

A convenience sample of 139 undergraduates completed open-ended questions regarding their behaviors when experiencing different levels of emotions. Participants were then given the 25-item EES with 6 additional items designed to measure boredom.

RESULTS:

On the open-ended items, participants more often reported eating in response to boredom than the other emotions. Exploratory factor analysis showed that boredom is a separate construct from other negative emotions. Additionally, the most frequently endorsed item on the EES was "eating when bored".

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that boredom is an important construct, and that it should be considered a separate dimension of emotional eating.

PMID:
22004466
DOI:
10.1037/a0025893
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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