Dietary restraint moderates the effects of food exposure on women's body and weight satisfaction

N. Geschwind*, A.J. Roefs, P. Lattimore, A.J. Fett, A.T.M. Jansen

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The influence of dietary restraint and food exposure on body satisfaction was tested. Body and weight satisfaction were measured before and after exposure to either high-or low-caloric food, without actual eating. Independent of caloric condition, higher dietary restraint was associated with a decrease in body satisfaction after food exposure. With regard to weight satisfaction, however, the association between higher dietary restraint and decreased weight satisfaction was specific for the high-caloric condition. Thus, the actual eating of food is not necessary for decreased body and weight satisfaction to occur, suggesting an exposure-induced activation of dysfunctional cognitions in restrained eaters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-738
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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